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She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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“She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways” is a 12-line ballad written in 1798 by William Wordsworth, one of the founding figures of the English Romantic movement. It first appeared in the 1800 edition of Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth jointly published with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the poem, an unidentified speaker mourns the loss of Lucy, a young woman who died young in the English countryside and whose beauty and virtue were overlooked in life. The poem is one of five in a group critics refer to as the “Lucy Poems,” all but one of which mention Lucy by name — though Wordsworth never acknowledged their connection and was notably quiet on who Lucy might have referred to.

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