Wordsworth's Poetical Works

Germany and move to the Lake District

I travelled among unknown men I travelled among unknown men,    In lands beyond the sea; Nor, England! did I know till then    What love I bore to thee. 'T is past, that melancholy dream!    Nor will I quit thy shore A second time, for still I seem    To love thee more and more. Among thy mountains did I feel    The joy of my desire; And she I cherished turned her wheel    Beside an English fire. Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,    The bowers where Lucy played; And thine too is the last green field    That Lucy's eyes surveyed.


Wordsworth, Dorothy, and Coleridge travelled to Germany in the autumn of 1798. While Coleridge was intellectually stimulated by the journey, its main effect on Wordsworth was to produce homesickness.[8] During the harsh winter of 1798–99 Wordsworth lived with Dorothy in Goslar, and, despite extreme stress and loneliness, began work on the autobiographical piece that was later titled The Prelude. He wrote a number of other famous poems in Goslar, including "The Lucy poems". In the Autumn of 1799, Wordsworth and his sister returned to England and visited the Hutchinson family at Sockburn. When Coleridge arrived back in England he travelled to the North with their publisher Joseph Cottle to meet Wordsworth and undertake a proposed tour of the Lake District. This was the immediate cause of the brother and sister's settling at Dove Cottage in Grasmere in the Lake District, this time with another poet, Robert Southey, nearby. Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey came to be known as the "Lake Poets".[19] Throughout this period many of Wordsworth's poems revolved around themes of death, endurance, separation and grief.

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