I Travelled among Unknown Men

By William Wordsworth 1770–1850 William Wordsworth
I travelled among unknown men,
         In lands beyond the sea;
Nor, England! did I know till then
         What love I bore to thee.

'Tis past, that melancholy dream!
         Nor will I quit thy shore
A second time; for still I seem
         To love thee more and more.

Among thy mountains did I feel
         The joy of my desire;
And she I cherished turned her wheel
         Beside an English fire.

Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,
         The bowers where Lucy played;
And thine too is the last green field
         That Lucy's eyes surveyed.

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Poet William Wordsworth 1770–1850

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Activities, Travels & Journeys

Poetic Terms Common Measure

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Discussing prose written by poets, Joseph Brodsky has remarked, “the tradition of dividing literature into poetry and prose dates from the beginnings of prose, since it was only in prose that such a distinction could be made.” This insight is worth bearing in mind when considering the various prose works of the poet William Wordsworth. For Wordsworth poetic composition was a primary mode of expression; prose was secondary. . . .

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Poems by William Wordsworth

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SUBJECT Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Common Measure

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