1770 - Born in Cockermouth, Cumberland
1778 - he was sent to Hawkshead grammar school
- saw again his sister Dorothy during the summer of 1787
- stayed at St. John's College, Cambridge
1791 - went to France where he met Annette Vallon
- traveled to the south of England
1797 - wrote the poem "The Ruined Cottage"
- traveled in Germany
- - began writing "The Prelude"
1799 - settled at Dove Cottage, Grasmere
1800 - wrote "Michael" and the Lucy poems
1802 - "Resolution and Independence"
1804 - "Ode: Intimations if Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"
1888 - completed "Home at Grasmere" as the first book of the first part of the philosophical poem The Recluse
1843 - made poet laureate
1850 - died after having done much in restoring simple diction to English poetry ans establishing Romanticism as dominant in the literary world at that time
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