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date: 02 June 2020

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Wordsworth’s domestic life from 1800 profoundly influenced his writing: understanding the former can help us appreciate the latter. At Dove Cottage interaction with Dorothy and her journal and a fulfilling family life both inspired his poetry. Through more troubled years at Allan Bank and Grasmere Rectory, when two of his children died, Wordsworth’s letters to Mary show his prose at its most impassioned. Security at Rydal Mount from 1813 empowered the publication of large amounts of previously-written poems. Significant poems continued to be written at Rydal Mount and any broader creative decline was not due to domestic complacency but to demanding responsibilities. After 1835 a succession of losses lessened his productivity, but his extended domestic circle effectively helped spread his poetic reputation and influence through his later years.

Keywords: Dove Cottage, Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal, Wordsworth’s marriage, Rydal Mount, inspiration, extended family, influence

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