A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor. Any of that sound familiar? Ringing any bells…? So said the man whose birthday we remember today. William Wordsworth, born on this date in 1770, helped (along with Coleridge) to launch the Romantic Age in English Literature.