Free Online Course – William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

This free online course will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth, with an emphasis on his writing process and the inspirational landscape of the Lake District. This course is presented in association with the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. For more information, please see the website here.

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).

You will study how Wordsworth created and revised these poems and Lyrical Ballads, drawing on the magnificent collection of manuscripts held by the Wordsworth Trust in the museum next to his home.

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.

Requirements

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.

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