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Monday, April 23, 2007
William Wordsworth

Lines Written A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

Five years have passed; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a sweet inland murmur. Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
Which on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The river is not affected by the tides a few miles above Tintern.

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These are the opening lines of one of William Wordsworth's most famous poems, published in 1798. It was originally published in a small volume together with poems from his lifelong friend, Samuel Coleridge. Among Coleridge's works published in that volume was The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

In 2007, as a publicity stunt, the words to another poem, I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, were re-worked and given a backing track so the poem could be sung as a rap. If you are interested, you can learn more about it here.

This Day in History: William Wordsworth died on April 23, 1850. How old was he?
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The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with. ~~Marty Feldman

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2 Comments:
Blogger robynl said...
Wow, he was 80 yrs. old.

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Amazing, isn't it? When you think of the years he lived through, you realize he saw a lot of changes take place.

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