Discover how Wordsworth wrote his best-known works
The course has been filmed at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived from 1799 to 1808.
There, he produced much of his greatest work, including “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (perhaps better known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece).
Explore the Lake District with leading Wordsworth scholars
Through readings and discussions focusing on Grasmere and the landscape of the Lake District, the course will explore why this location was so important for Wordsworth.
Contributors to the course will include Jeff Cowton, the Curator of the Wordsworth Trust, and Professor Sally Bushell, one of the world’s leading scholars of Wordsworth’s writing process, who is based at Lancaster University on the doorstep of the Lake District.
You can find out more in Simon Bainbridge’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “How does a great poet write his poetry?”
Nature’s Poets: what place inspires your poetry?
To celebrate the start of Lancaster University’s free online course we’re challenging you to write a poem inspired by your favourite place. Find out how to join the challenge.
This course is open to anyone with an interest in poetry, place and the process of writing.
If you haven’t read Wordsworth before, the course will give you an enjoyable introduction to one of the best-loved poets in English literature.
If you’re already familiar with his poetry, your understanding will be enhanced through this unique opportunity to study it where it was written.