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Wordsworth on Wordsworth

On Monday 13 January, LitSoc and other eager English students were lucky enough to receive a talk from Sam Wordsworth, a descendant of William Wordsworth. He immediately won us over with some delicious gingerbread from the Cumbrian village of Grasmere, in which Wordsworth lived for 14 years.

He then went through the most influential and evocative of Wordsworth’s poems that defined the Romantic era, such as 'Tintern Abbey' and 'The Prelude'. He explored ideas of the Sublime and the Poetic Imagination that proved useful to GCSE and A-Level students alike. We were even given the opportunity to hold a first edition copy of the Lyrical Ballads, in which 'Tintern Abbey' was featured.

It was an amazing talk and we would like to thank Sam Wordsworth for giving us his time and the English teachers who organised such a wonderful event!  

Imogen and Rebecca, Year 11