Anne Caroline Vallon (1792 - 1862)

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Nicknames: "Caroline Wordsworth"
Birthplace: France
Death: Died in Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Managed by: Lizzie Keitel
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About Anne Caroline Vallon

In 1802 Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, visited Annette and Caroline in Calais. The purpose of the visit was to pave the way for his forthcoming marriage to Mary Hutchinson, and a mutually agreeable settlement was reached regarding Wordsworth's obligations. Afterwards he wrote the poem "It is a beauteous evening, calm and free," recalling his seaside walk with his daughter, whom he had not seen for ten years. At the conception of this poem, he had never seen his daughter before. The occurring lines reveal his deep love for both child and mother.

It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free

By William Wordsworth

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,

The holy time is quiet as a Nun

Breathless with adoration; the broad sun

Is sinking down in its tranquility;

The gentleness of heaven broods o'er the Sea;

Listen! the mighty Being is awake,

And doth with his eternal motion make

A sound like thunder—everlastingly.

Dear child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,

If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,

Thy nature is not therefore less divine:

Thou liest in Abraham's bosom all the year;

And worshipp'st at the Temple's inner shrine,

God being with thee when we know it not.

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Anne Vallon's Timeline

December 15, 1792
February, 1816
Age 23
December 27, 1816
Age 24
July 8, 1862
Age 69
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France