April 7, 1779: Born, William Wordsworth. Wordsworth wasn't always a stuffy old man writing poems about daffodils. In his younger days he traveled to Revolutionary France, had an affair with a young French woman named Annette and fathered a daughter. When he ran out of money, he went back to England and didn't see Annette until he returned to tell her about his upcoming marriage. “It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free” was inspired by a walk with his daughter.