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Websites

Bartelby.com

If you ever need to look up a Wordsworth poem but don't have your "Collected Works" book handy (and why don't you?!), you can find all 800-something poems here.

The Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery

Wordsworth wrote many of his most famous works at Dove Cottage, in the heart of the Lake District in England.

Video

Crossing Westminster Bridge
An old, black-and-white video about the experience of crossing the Westminster Bridge in modern times. Remember, though, that both the bridge and the surroundings looked completely different in Wordsworth's day.

Audio

"Composed Upon Westminster Bridge"
A good British reading of the poem with an image of the original Westminster Bridge before it was replaced.

Images

Original Westminster Bridge
The first Westminster Bridge as it appeared to the Italian painter Canaletto in about 1746.

Books

William Wordsworth: A Life, by Stephen Gill

This biography by Stephen Gill explains how Wordsworth went from a "solitary visionary" to one of the most respected intellectuals in England.

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, by Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth was an accomplished journal writer, and she wrote about the day she and her brother crossed the Westminster Bridge early in the morning.

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