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This free online course, filmed at Wordsworth’s home, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, explores the influence of the Lake District on him.
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About This Course
Explore William Wordsworth’s great poetry as well as his writing process.
This free online course will focus on William Wordsworth’s great poetry, with a focus on his writing process and the inspiring landscape of the Lake District.
This course is presented in collaboration with the Grasmere Wordsworth Trust.
You’ll learn how Wordsworth wrote and revised some of his most famous works, such as “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece).
We’ll use the Wordsworth Trust’s magnificent manuscript collection, which is housed in the museum next to his house.
The course will investigate why Grasmere and the landscape of the Lake District were so important to Wordsworth through readings and discussions.
What will you talk about?
- The Jerwood Centre in Grasmere houses a museum dedicated to William
- Wordsworth’s life and work, as well as a manuscript archive.
- Manuscript materials as proof of Wordsworth’s poetic creation
- In Wordsworth’s writing, the importance of a sense of place
- The role of ‘Nature’ in Wordsworth’s poetry, as expressed in ‘The Tables Turned,’ The Prelude, ‘Michael,’ and ‘I roamed lonely as a cloud.’
- The importance of Lyrical Ballads and the essential principles of the collection
- Wordsworth’s educational concepts and the concept of’spots of time’.
- The relationship between home and community ideas and creativity
- The connection between many types of writing, particularly letters, journals, and poetry
- The notebooks of Dorothy Wordsworth and their connection to her brother’s poetry.
On this course, you will be learning
This self-guided course allows you to learn at your own speed. You can meet other students, share your views, and participate in active conversations in the comments at any time during the course.
What will you accomplish?
You’ll be able to… by the end of the course.
- Develop a working knowledge of a variety of William Wordsworth’s poems.
- By studying Wordsworth’s manuscripts, you can learn how he came up with his poems.
- Determine the significance of the Lake District in Wordsworth’s poetry.
- Compare and contrast William’s writing with Dorothy’s.
- Participate in a critical discussion about literary topics with other students.
- Develop your ability to read closely.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is accessible to anybody interested in poetry, place, or the writing process.
If you’ve never read Wordsworth before, this course will provide a delightful introduction to one of English literature’s most beloved writers.
If you’re already familiar with his poetry, this unique opportunity to study it where it was written will deepen your knowledge.