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Explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth and his writing process
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.
You will study how Wordsworth created and revised some of his greatest works including “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (perhaps better known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece). We will draw on the magnificent collection of manuscripts held by the Wordsworth Trust in the museum next to his home.
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.
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.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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Heather Goodwincompleted this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is an easygoing course, with a range of activities and content to suit most participants. It was well-supported, and many of the participant comments and interactions added insightful and valuable content. The course designers have evidently thought hard about how to keep learners involved, and their expert guidan
This is an easygoing course, with a range of activities and content to suit most participants. It was well-supported, and many of the participant comments and interactions added insightful and valuable content. The course designers have evidently thought hard about how to keep learners involved, and their expert guidance made the most of the Wordsworth collection at the Jerwood Centre, incorporating the study of manuscripts in interesting ways. The presentation style is clear but informal - it's half way between lecture and tutorial, with much of the content filmed on location so that the works and analysis are linked directly back to the places that inspired them. I am a student of English Lit, and gained a great deal from the course, but it would be enjoyed equally by anyone who has not studied before, or a fan of Wordsworth's work.
Ben Curtiscompleted this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very interesting course, and relevant to studies of literature and humanities. Good introduction to Wordsworth and lots of details not available without visiting or doing research. Really enjoyed it and picked up some further reading goals.