Wordsworth, De Quincey and Dove cottage: Track 1

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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.

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Track 1: Being in the lake district

How Wordsworth time in this area influenced his work.

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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
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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