Anecdote for Fathers

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"Anecdote for Fathers" is a poem written by William Wordsworth and is included in the Lyrical Ballads.

The poem is a description of a conversation between a father and son told from the perspective of the father, it is a criticism of the adult need for reason and a celebration of childhood. The poem tries to show how adults should learn from children and echoes Wordsworth's idea that "The child is father to the man".