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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It's 'The Breathings of Your Heart'

“Fill your papers with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth
Wise words from the man who helped launch what’s known as “The Romantic Age” in English literature with his share of the renowned Lyrical Ballads in 1798.

His “Lines Written in Early Spring,” one of the ballads, has some of the most beautiful descriptive writing about the season ever penned, and if you want to see a “How it should be done” piece read that one alone – if you find you don’t have time for the entire Lyrical Ballads masterpiece.

Born in 1770, Wordsworth was already writing and drawing admirers in his teens and went on to become Poet Laureate of Great Britain from1843-1850, the year of his death, Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a string of beautiful in-depth poems over a span of 50 years, including Wordsworth’s The Prelude, considered one of the greatest epic poems of all time.     Wordsworth had a simple formula for writing success.  “To begin, begin,” he said.   As for how to successfully live one’s life, he noted, “The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

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