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: The Prelude or, Growth of a Poetâs Mind; An Autobiographical Poem is an autobiographical conversation poem in blank verse by the English poet William Wordsworth. Intended as the introduction to the more philosophical Recluse, which Wordsworth never finished, The Prelude is an extremely personal and revealing work on the details of Wordsworthâs life. Wordsworth began The Prelude in 1798 at the age of 28 and continued to work on it throughout his life. He never gave it a title; he called it the âPoem (title not yet fixed upon) to Coleridgeâ and in his letters to Dorothy Wordsworth referred to it as âthe poem on the growth of my own mindâ. The poem was unknown to the general public until published three months after Wordsworthâs death in 1850, its final name given to it by his widow Mary.