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The Victorian Web

Wordsworth isn’t considered a Victorian poet – he’s a Romantic. But this site has a good, brief biography.

The Poetry Foundation: Wordsworth

Includes a wide selection of poems and the famous essay that prefaced his collection Lyrical Ballads.

Video

And now…your daily PBS special
Robert Pinsky, a Pulitzer Prize winning American poet, discusses "Mutability" for PBS.

Audio

"Mutability"

A reading and explanation of the poem.

Readings of Wordsworth's Famous Lyric Poems

Some of Wordsworth’s best works, though not "Mutability," are read aloud.

Images

Wordsworth

The poet in his "aging and dapper man" phase.

Crown of Weeds

Shakespeare’s King Lear, as played by Sir Ian McKellan, wears his "crown of weeds," just like the tower in this poem.

Historical Documents

Digital Wordsworth
A web site with original Wordsworth manuscripts, and a "Beginner’s Guide" to how you might use them.

Books

Wildly Romantic: The English Romantic Poets: The Mad, the Bad, and the Dangerous

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."

Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

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.

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