William,1770–1850, English poet: poet laureate 1843–50.

Related formsWords·worth·i·an, adjective, nounWords·worth·i·an·ism, noun
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Historical Examples of wordsworthian

  • But I shouldn't have thought you had arrived at the Wordsworthian stage yet—eh!


    Janet Milne Rae

  • His landscapes have in this way a Wordsworthian directness, simplicity, and severity.

    French Art

    W. C. Brownell

  • Thus, but not in the Wordsworthian sense, he is a veritable poet of Nature.


    Francis Thompson

  • Does anybody—not being a Wordsworthian and therefore out of reach of reason—doubt that Wordsworth's arrogance was inhuman?

  • The style was frequently detestable—a mixture of sham Spenserian and mock Wordsworthian, alternately florid and arid.

British Dictionary definitions for wordsworthian



Dorothy. 1771–1855, English writer, whose Journals are noted esp for their descriptions of nature
her brother, William . 1770–1850, English poet, whose work, celebrating nature, was greatly inspired by the Lake District, in which he spent most of his life. Lyrical Ballads (1798), to which Coleridge contributed, is often taken as the first example of English romantic poetry and includes his Lines Written above Tintern Abbey. Among his other works are The Prelude (completed in 1805; revised thereafter and published posthumously) and Poems in Two Volumes (1807), which includes The Solitary Reaper and Intimations of Immortality
Derived FormsWordsworthian (ˌwɜːdzˈwɜːðɪən), adjective, noun
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