William Wordsworth was born 4/7/1770 at Cockermouth, Cumbria, England, the 2nd of 5 children of John & Anne (Cookson) Wordsworth. William’s “mum” died in 1778: he was sent to Hawkshead Grammar School where he penned his first poems. While at Hawkshead his dad also died. By 1787 he was at St John’s College, Cambridge. During one summer vacation (1788) he trekked through Cumberland county & later Wales. Before graduation he did the “European Gentleman thing” - a walking tour of France, Switzerland & Germany. While there he came to an understanding/sympathy with the French Revolution.
After returning to England he & his younger sister, Dorothy, were re-united. Also he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge; they published Lyrical Ballads, containing his “Tintern Abbey” & Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” By 1802 he felt he could financially afford to marry & did. He bride was Mary Hutchinson, friend from his childhood. They were blessed with 5 children but sadly 2 of them died, Catherine & John. Following the death of Robert Southey (1843) Wordsworth became Poet Laureate. He died 4/23/1850; his wife Mary published The Prelude, considered his most famous work 3 months later.