An Evening Walk (1793), with annotations from William Wordsworth, 1815

An Evening Walk is one of the first poems written by William Wordsworth. William drafted the poem in the form of a letter to his sister Dorothy while he was away at school in Cambridge. The poem focuses on his childhood memories and adventures in the outdoors. Through remembering nature, William was able to explore his own loss of innocence and the change we all experience as we grow older. William’s connection to nature in the Lake District (and to his sister) helped him to heal from loss and see value and meaning in everyday experiences.


Images courtesy The Wordsworth Trust.

Contributed by Taylore Bonds