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Dorothy Wordsworth is chiefly remembered for her Romantic-period journals, especially for her descriptions of the detail of nature, landscape, growth, and seasonal change. The journals, however, are equally remarkable for observing the doings of people: both the precise circumstances and the personal pleasures of the rural poor and vagrants. Dorothy Wordsworth was also a travel writer, and interest has been growing in her thirty or so very interesting poems extant. Besides writing these poems, she exerted profound if unquantifiable influence on the poetry of her brother William.
Christmas Day 1771 DW was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland, the only girl and middle child in a family of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
Between 14 May 1800 and 16 January 1803 DW wrote her Grasmere journals. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 April 1802 Dorothy Wordsworth celebrated Coniston Fells as "in their own shape and colour—not man's hills, but all for themselves, the sky and the clouds, and a few wild creatures." Bibliographic Citation link.
New Year's Day 1835 DW welcomed the New Year with a characteristic diary entry that notices the weather, the emotional state of her family (and the deaths of friends), and the potentially healing power of nature. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 January 1855 DW died at Grasmere after twenty years of variously-interpreted physical but especially mental decline, said by some to be arteriosclerosis and by some to be Alzheimer's. Bibliographic Citation link.
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