A Ravage Out of Season: A Moral Lesson from William Wordsworth

Updated: Jun 16

William Wordsworth was a young Englishman of 20 years when he crossed the Alps into France in 1790. Not unlike college students of our own day visiting foreign countries, this was not unusual. It was unusual in one meaningful way. In the year prior to his visit, there was the storming of the Bastille, which marks the beginning of the French Revolution.


For a young poet and burgeoning revolutionary like Wordsworth “bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,