WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770 - 1850) was one of the most influential of England's Romantic poets.
Wordsworth was born at Cockermouth in Cumbria and spent most of his life there, living in Grasmere and Rydal. As a young man, he developed a love of nature, a theme that was reflected in many of his poems. Wordsworth's most famous poem, 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud' was written at his Grasmere home, Dove Cottage in 1804. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843. His great autobiographical poem, 'The Prelude', which he had worked on since 1798, was not published until after his death in 1850. He is buried in a family plot at St Oswald's Church in Grasmere.