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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

William Wordsworth: Poetry, People, and Place

Lancaster University

This course studied the great poetry of William Wordsworth, with an emphasis on his writing process and the inspirational landscape of the Lake District. Through virtual access to the Jerwood Centre, Grasmere, students studied the poet’s manuscripts and his sister Dorothy’s journals.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Simon Bainbridge

Professor of Romantic Studies in the Department of English and Creative Writing

Lancaster University


Learning outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of a range of William Wordsworth’s poems
  • Explore how Wordsworth created his poetry through study of his manuscripts
  • Assess the importance of the Lake District to Wordsworth’s poetry
  • Compare William’s writing with that of his sister, Dorothy
  • Engage in critical debate about literary issues with other learners
  • Develop skills of close reading


  • William Wordsworth’s life and work and the archive of his manuscripts at the Jerwood Centre, Grasmere
  • Manuscript materials as evidence of how Wordsworth created his poetry
  • The importance of a sense of place in Wordsworth’s writing
  • Wordsworth’s conception of the role of ‘Nature’, especially as expressed in ‘The Tables Turned’, The Prelude, ‘Michael’ and ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’
  • The significance of Lyrical Ballads and the volume’s key principles
  • Wordsworth’s ideas about education and his concept of ‘spots of time’
  • Ideas of home and community and their relationship to creativity
  • The relationship between different forms of writing, especially letters, journals and poetry
  • Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals and their relationship to her brother’s poetry

Issued on 2nd October 2020

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Free online course:

William Wordsworth: Poetry, People, and Place

Lancaster University