William Wordsworth

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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I was first introduced to William Wordsworth as a young girl of 10. A small book of his poems was given to me by a teacher of mine -- who ultimately changed the course of my life. Even at that tender age, I was struck with the beauty and the depth of meaning of "The Daffodils." Over the years, as I matured, matriculated from University, traveled the world, and ultimately settled down in a career as an Aerospace Engineer, I began to recognize the need for me to have a private space to escape to regularly (it's called meditation) almost daily. Immediately, "The Daffodils" came to mind. I found this magnificent poem by Wordsworth perfect.
Even to this day, when I want a "reprieve" from the world of the 21st Century, I simply tuck myself away in my den, close my eyes, and begin reciting "I wandered lonely as a cloud..."..and soon I am by that lake, lying on that hill, and watching as the daffodils gently sway in the wind, "...ten thousand came they at a glance...."
The best gift and/or recommendation I could give to anyone, would be the poems of William Wordsworth...and the first one would be "The Daffodils.
M.E. Kohns
Las Vegas, Nv.
July 11, 2014
FIVE STARS * * * * *

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About the author (2003)

William Wordsworth, one of the leaders of the Romantic Movement in English literature, first published "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" in 1807. This timeless tribute to nature's beauty and its ability inspire the human spirit is used with permission of the Wordsworth Trust.

Alan Liu is a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of "Wordsworth: the Sense of History" and the developer of "The Voices of the Shuttle" (http: //vos.ucsb.edu), one of the earliest and most active humanities portals on the Web. His major online initiatives also include "Romantic Chronology" and "Palinurus: The Academy and the Corporation-Teaching the Humanities in a Restructured World,

James Muir is an assistant professor of History and Law at the University of Alberta. He works on Canadian legal and labour history, with publications on 18th- and 19th-century Nova Scotia, 20th-century Manitoba and Alberta and the practice of teaching legal history.

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