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William Wordsworth

Geburtstag: 7. April 1770
Todesdatum: 23. April 1850
Andere Namen: Уильям Вордсворт, ویلیام وردزورث

William Wordsworth war ein britischer Dichter und führendes Mitglied der englischen Romantikbewegung, die er 1798 durch die zusammen mit Samuel Taylor Coleridge verfassten Lyrical Ballads initiierte. Als sein Meisterwerk gilt das frühe autobiografische Gedicht The Prelude .

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„Weisheit liegt oftmals näher, wenn wir uns zu Etwas herablassen, als wenn wir uns über Etwas erheben.“

—  William Wordsworth

1814, Book III - Despondency, l. 231 - The Excursion

„Du schaust umher auf unsrer Mutter Erde,// als wärst ohn’ Daseinszweck Du Erdenwesen,// als wären hinterlassen Dir nicht Werte,// und vor dir keiner wär gewesen!“

—  William Wordsworth

Expostulation and Reply - Vorhaltung und Erwiderung, c. 1798, p. 1798 in Lyrical Ballade , william-wordsworth.de http://william-wordsworth.de/translations/expostulation%20and%20Reply.html

„The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.“

—  William Wordsworth, buch Lyrical Ballads

Stanza 2.
Quelle: Lyrical Ballads (1798–1800), Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey (1798)
Kontext: These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration:—feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love. Nor less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world
Is lighten'd:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.

„For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago.“

—  William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper

The Solitary Reaper.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„The feather, whence the pen
Was shaped that traced the lives of these good men,
Dropped from an Angel's wing.“

—  William Wordsworth

Part III, No. 5 - Walton's Book of Lives. Compare: "The pen wherewith thou dost so heavenly sing / Made of a quill from an angel's wing", Henry Constable, Sonnet; "Whose noble praise / Deserves a quill pluckt from an angel's wing", Dorothy Berry, Sonnet.
Ecclesiastical Sonnets (1821)

„I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.“

—  William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper

The Solitary Reaper, st. 4.
Memorials of a Tour in Scotland (1803)

„Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.“

—  William Wordsworth, buch Lyrical Ballads

The Tables Turned, st. 4 (1798).
Lyrical Ballads (1798–1800)

„O be wiser, thou !
Instructed that true knowledge leads to love;
True dignity abides with him alone
Who, in the silent hour of inward thought,
Can still suspect, and still revere himself,
In lowliness of heart.“

—  William Wordsworth

Lines (1795)
Kontext: If Thou be one whose heart the holy forms
Of young imagination have kept pure
Stranger! henceforth be warned; and know that pride,
Howe'er disguised in its own majesty,
Is littleness; that he who feels contempt
For any living thing, hath faculties
Which he has never used; that thought with him
Is in its infancy. The man whose eye
Is ever on himself doth look on one,
The least of Nature's works, one who might move
The wise man to that scorn which wisdom holds
Unlawful, ever. O be wiser, thou!
Instructed that true knowledge leads to love;
True dignity abides with him alone
Who, in the silent hour of inward thought,
Can still suspect, and still revere himself,
In lowliness of heart.

„Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain
That has been, and may be again.“

—  William Wordsworth, The Solitary Reaper

The Solitary Reaper.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.“

—  William Wordsworth

Letter to his Wife (April 29 1812).

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