1770         born April 7 to John and Anne (Cookson) Wordsworth, second of five.

1778         mother dies; William goes to Hawkshead Grammar School.

1783         father dies.

1787         goes up to St. John's College, Cambridge.

1789         An Evening Walk       .

1790        walking tour of France, Switzerland, and Germany.

1791         graduates; goes to France; meets and has an affair with Annette Vallon.

1792         (illegitimate) daughter Caroline born.

1793         returns to England to earn money; Anglo-French War prevents his return to France until 1802. Descriptive Sketches.

1794         reunited with Dorothy.

1795        inherits legacy of 900. Meets Coleridge.

1797        William and his sister Dorothy move to Alfoxden to be near Coleridge.

1798         Lyrical Ballads       .

1798-99         The Wordsworths travel to Germany with Coleridge.

1799         William and Dorothy settle in the Lake district, at Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

1800        Lyrical Ballads         revised, Preface added.

1802        visits the Vallons at Calais. After receiving a much-delayed inheritance, marries Mary Hutchinson. Sonnets Dedicated to National Independence and Liberty.

1803        son John born. (Four more children by 1810.)

1805         The Prelude finished. Brother John lost at sea.

1807        Poems in Two Volumes

1809         The Convention of Cintra.

1810         quarrel with Coleridge.

1812         children Thomas and Caroline die.

1813         moves to Rydal Mount, between Grasmere and Rydal Water; appointed Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland (400/year).

1814         The Excursion

1815         The White Doe of Rylstone; Preface to Lyrical Ballads revised.

1819         Peter Bell and The Waggoner.

1820         We Are Seven and The River Duddon (sonnets).

1822         Ecclesiastical Sketches

1825         Yarrow Revisited, and Other Poems.

1828         tours the Rhineland with Coleridge.

1839         Oxford confers honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree.

1842         Poems, Chiefly of Early and Late Years.

1843         named Poet Laureate.

1847         daughter Dora dies.

1850         dies (April 23). The Prelude

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