Wordsworth, De Quincey and Dove cottage: Track 1
Can a location inspire great poetry? To what extent can a person’s...
Can a location inspire great poetry? To what extent can a person’s environment influence their art? After leaving the area as a child the Romantic poet William Wordsworth returned to the Lake District and remained there from 1799 to 1802. Surrounded by scenery he cherished Wordsworth composed some of his best poetry in Dove Cottage, but the building was also the residence of friend Thomas De Quincy whom documented his time with the Wordsworth’s as well as his own experiences in the property. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.
- Duration 20 mins
- Updated Friday 7th October 2011
- Intermediate level
- Posted under Literature and Creative Writing
How Wordsworth time in this area influenced his work.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||Being in the lake district||How Wordsworth time in this area influenced his work. Play now Being in the lake district|
|2||Home at Grasmere||Extract from the poem, as well an exploration of how it was developed. Play now Home at Grasmere|
|3||Finding Inspiration||By dissecting Wordsworth’s manuscripts and Dorothy’s journals we can see what experiences had the biggest impact on his poetry. Play now Finding Inspiration|
|4||Thomas De Quincey||The journalist Thomas De Quincey documented the time he spent with the Wordsworth’s. Play now Thomas De Quincey|
|5||Quincey on Dove Cottage||Thomas De Quincey moved into dove cottage after the Wordsworth’s left. Play now Quincey on Dove Cottage|
|6||Legacy of Dove Cottage||After Wordsworth’s death, Dove Cottage grew in popularity. Play now Legacy of Dove Cottage|
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Originally published: Friday, 7th October 2011
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