Why Wordsworth?

While perhaps best known as a poet of nature, sustained and inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Lake District, William Wordsworth is also the great poet of reflection and vision.

Reflection on the past: Wordsworth is the author of the first sustained literary autobiography in English literature, The Prelude which he began writing in 1799 and continued to work on for much of the rest of his life. This original work, now recognised as the poet’s masterpiece, was first published after his death in 1850.

The Prelude provides the framework for Wordsworth Walks and inspires the first reflective exercise we undertake.

‘The catalyst for both inspiration and reflection’

Vision: Wordsworth was also the great poet of Vision. His poetry offers a models for imagining the future and considers the power of having a sense of vision. As part of the Wordsworth Walk, we will visit the site of one of the most important visions in Wordsworth’s life and poetry and at that site participant will be able to explore the role of vision in their own lives.

‘It was great to figure out my vision in the future’.

Creative Collaboration: Wordsworth’s working practices involved close collaboration with his sister Dorothy and his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth Walks incorporates a team activity as a stimulus to thinking about how best to work with, and relate to, others.

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