William Wordsworth

Wordsworth's indebtedness to Tom Paine has been pointed out in a Journal Article by Edward Niles Hooker (Studies in Philology, Vol 28, No 3, July 1931, pp 522-531). Among many similarities, he quotes Wordsworth: They [thinking and feeling men] are sorry that the prejudices and weakness of mankind have made it necessary to force an individual into an unnatural situation, which requires more than human talents and human virtues, and at the same time precludes him from attaining even a moderate knowledge of common life, and from feeling a particular share in the interests of mankind. (p6)
And Tom Paine: There is something exceedingly ridiculous in the composition of monarchy; it first excludes a man from the means of information, yet impowers him to act in cases where the highest judgment is required. The state of a King shuts him from the world, yet the business of a King requires him to know it thoroughly... (Common Sense, p5)


Poems written in youth
Lines left on a Seat in a Yew Tree  
  Descriptive Sketches
An Evening Walk 

Poems on the naming of places
Joanna's Rock  

Poems of the Fancy
   The Linnet

Poems of the Imagination
  Lines written above Tintern Abbey
   Night Piece

Miscellaneous Sonnets
   Upon Westminster Bridge
It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free  
   Composed in the Valley near Dover
The Poet's Work  

Poems dedicated to National Independence and Liberty
On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic  

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