William Wordsworth is the most famous romantic poet in the history of English literature. Reading “The Biography of William Wordsworth” by Stephen Gill, Emeritus Professor of Oxford University, you can see Wordsworth besides the poet. ——As a poet, how does he think, how to create, how to express his thoughts and feelings in poetry; as an ordinary person, how does he live, how to communicate, how to deal with the relationship between family members… Stephen Gill will be a poet Wordsworth and ordinary people’s Wordsworth are organically combined, reproducing the different appearances of the poet’s life in different periods, presenting us a three-dimensional, full and complete Wordsworth.
Wordsworth in his early years was actually a “wild boy”. If he uses the contacts of relatives and friends to act according to the life set for him by his family, Wordsworth may be able to become an excellent lawyer or a director of St. John’s College, with a carefree lifestyle and a worry-free future. However, Wordsworth was unwilling to follow the path arranged for him by his family. He only wanted to live a life he liked, and instinctively resisted people he disliked from pointing fingers at his life in a way he did not agree with. Although Wordsworth relied on the goodwill of the guardians who funded him to enter Cambridge University, he always used the eyes of a poet to evaluate the reality of Cambridge. He loathed the examination competition here, and opposed Cambridge’s unintelligible and unimaginative academic system. . In the end, Wordsworth graduated from Cambridge with a general diploma, just like any other student who studied here and met the minimum requirements of the school. Wordsworth’s early experience tells us that the key to becoming a poet is that superhuman talent is important, but equally important is the courage to disregard the world.
If at the age of fourteen, Wordsworth’s youthful sensitivity was constantly inspired by the natural beauty and let him use words to express himself, then at the age of seventeen, Wordsworth had been deeply affected by the French Revolution and was convinced that mankind was moving towards A smooth road in the new era. He wrote excitedly in a poem: “It is a blessing to be able to live at that dawn. If you are young, it is simply heaven!” Wordsworth witnessed the turmoil of the French Revolution, and he himself became A fan of the French Revolution-Wordsworth was in his youth at that time. He was heroic and energetic. He was keen on adventures and loved to travel. He fully demonstrated extraordinary courage and physical and mental courage during his first European trip. Endurance, and the wisdom of flexibility. Wordsworth “has been fortunate enough to be in Paris during the most important revolutionary period after the imprisonment of the king and the declaration of the Republic”, and he stayed until the last moment of penniless. It’s just that when he arrived in Paris again, he was no longer the original fanatical boy, but re-examined everything in front of him with a rational attitude. He realized that his mission was not to be a political radical, but to become a political activist. A poet can awaken more people from the numbness of inertia and make them pay attention to the beauty and miracles of the world before us.
Although the ambitious Wordsworth has repeatedly declared, “I want to put a lamp in everyone’s hands and show him the way,” the first problem he needs to solve is how he makes a living. Indeed, the situation of Wordsworth, who had just entered the society, was not optimistic. The income he earned from poets was very small, but he had to use it to feed more and more family members. He deeply realized how difficult it is to rely on words alone. Supporting Wordsworth’s hard journey, in addition to his high confidence in poetry creation, his family’s unreserved love for him, and the meticulous care of his friends—his sister Dorothy, he His wife, Mary, is the patron saint of his life. Entering middle age, Wordsworth further devotes himself to the ideals and missions of life. Although his understanding of politics has become increasingly conservative, and even though there are many bits and pieces in his daily life, he still concentrates his energy on what is essentially interesting and permanent. thing. For the poet, Wordsworth gave this definition: “He is a person who speaks to humans: he has a sharper sensitivity, more enthusiasm and gentleness, a deeper knowledge of human nature, and a broader soul than ordinary people. …”