William Wordsworth
Lesson plans and other teaching resources

"The Affliction of Margaret"
Analysis and suggestions for responding to the poem.

Analyzing and Recreating Poetry with William Wordsworth
After reading "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", students will work collaboratively to identify and create figurative language like metaphors, similes, hyperbole, rhyme scheme, and personification. Then they will utilize the web site Aviary to enhance personal photos.

"And in the frosty season"
Designed for students in England taking exams, this site includes approaches for analysis.

The Complete Poetical Works: William Wordsworth
Located at Bartleby.com, this site includes a searchable database, a chronological index, and an index by first lines.

"Composed upon Westminster Bridge"
Among the resources at this site, don't miss the video. Pictures and audio help students visualize the poem.

"Daffodils"
Wordsworth's poem set to music by Rajesh David using elements from the Indian classical tradition. He writes, " I learned the poem as a boy in Mumbai, without ever having seen a daffodil! I now live in UK and it's such a pleasure to see the flower each spring. I was inspired to set the poem to music." This downloadable video (8:11) resides at YouTube.

Tintern Abbey in William Wordsworth's "Lines"
What does Tintern Abbey look like? Photo and additional information.

Listen to Poetry
Scroll down to listen to Angela Lansbury read "The World is Too Much with Us."

Recognizing Similes: Fast as a Whip
This lesson includes "The Daffodils" as a model.

Repeat After Us
Audio files and texts of some Wordsworth poems. A good site for LD students, ELL students, and for those who read well and might like to record and contribute. Files are in alphabetical order by poet; scroll down.

"Resolution and Independence"
Summary and commentary from a health care provider's point of view.

Selected Poetry and Prose of William Wordsworth
Includes the complete edition of Lyrical Ballads (and its preface), other poems, and a little biography.

"Tintern Abbey," Tourism, and Romantic Landscape
Critical commentary.

Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 9 titles inspired by Wordsworth poems.

"To ----, in her Seventieth Year"
Summary, commentary, link to text of the poem.

William Wordsworth
Biography and links to e-texts of several poems.

William Wordsworth Study Questions
Questions for discussion: "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," "She dwelt among the untrodden ways," "Three years she grew," "Lucy Gray," "I wandered lonely as a cloud," "The Solitary Reaper," "Tintern Abbey," "Intimations of Immortality."



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