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William Wordsworth – a Lake District icon

Updated: May 27, 2023

Born in 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumbria, William Wordsworth was instrumental in the foundation of the Romantic Age in English literature when along with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, they published Lyrical Ballads in 1798.

In the last seven years of his life Wordsworth achieved the ultimate accolade and was England’s Poet Laureate. During a long and illustrious career, the esteemed poet penned many memorable works including the celebrated ‘Poems, in Two Volumes’ (1807) which contained the iconic I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – also known as Daffodils, originally written in 1802, but revised in 1815.

It is the narcissus pseudonarcissus daffodil, native to the Lake District, that inspired Wordsworth’s poem. Pipsiglass has produced a beautiful contemporary stained glass daffodil based on that flower. The daffodil can be displayed as a suncatcher or with the addition of a metal stem is ideal for planters.

Visitors to the Lake District can immerse themselves in the world of Wordsworth at his home Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and next door at the state-of-the-art library and archive, The Jerwood Centre. Head to for more information.

William Wordsworth - author of Daffodil
William Wordsworth - author of Daffodil

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