Why Famous: William Wordsworth was an important Romantic English poet, who in later life became the British Poet Laureate.
Wordsworth met fellow poet Samuel Coleridge in 1795 and together they became the leading figures of the English Romantic movement, publishing their "Lyrical Ballads" in 1798.
Wordsworth's most well known poems include "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and "She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways", though his masterpiece is considered the autobiographical "The Prelude", addressed to Coleridge and published posthumously.
- 1802-10-04 English romantic poet William Wordsworth (32) marries childhood friend Mary Hutchinson
- 1795-09-15 "Lyrical Ballads" published by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth - 1st work of English Romantic movement (probable date)
- 1802-04-15 William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy see a "long belt" of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".
- 1843-04-06 William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria