by William Wordsworth
Wordsworth isn’t considered a Victorian poet – he’s a Romantic. But this site has a good, brief biography.
Includes a wide selection of poems and the famous essay that prefaced his collection Lyrical Ballads.
A reading and explanation of the poem.
Some of Wordsworth’s best works, though not "Mutability," are read aloud.
The poet in his "aging and dapper man" phase.
Shakespeare’s King Lear, as played by Sir Ian McKellan, wears his "crown of weeds," just like the tower in this poem.
What a title! This hotted-up history of Romanticism is perfect for the reader who keeps a copy of US Weekly beneath that trusty Norton Anthology of Poetry. The first quote we saw from this book goes: "If his mother had lived, William Wordsworth’s life would have been much different."
If you ever become an English major, chances are you’ll have to read at least part of this book. But not the whole thing – few teachers are that cruel. The "Mutabilitie Cantos," however, are worth checking out.