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First Impressions Series: William Wordsworth at 17 and the French Revolution

September 22, 2016

William Wordsworth at the age of 17 entered Paris during the Revolution in 1792 and with the intense idealism of a young man at the beginning of what would quickly become known as the Romantic era, he was immediately smitten by all he saw. He writes in one of the most famous passages from The Prelude:

O pleasant exercise of hope and joy

For mighty were the [allies] which then stood

Upon our side, we who were strong in Love!

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,

But to be young was very Heaven!

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