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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Old Man Travelling.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 seconds The little hedge-row birds that peck along the road, regard him not. He travels on, and in his face, his step, his gait, is one expression; every limb, his look and bending figure, all bespeak a man who does not move with pain, but moves with thought–

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds He is insensibly subdued to settled quiet: he is one by whom all effort seems forgotten, one to whom long patience has such mild composure given, that patience now doth seem a thing, of which he hath no need. He is by nature led to peace so perfect, that the young behold with envy, what the old man hardly feels. –I asked him whither he was bound, and what the object of his journey. He replied “Sir! I am going many miles to take a last leave of my son, a mariner, who from a sea-fight has been brought to Falmouth, and there is dying in an hospital.”

‘Old Man Travelling’: Reading

In the final Steps this week, we are going to examine another poem from Lyrical Ballads, ‘Old Man Travelling’.

You can begin by listening to the poem.

In the next steps, we are going to ask you some specific questions about ‘Old Man Travelling’ and then Professor Sally Bushell will explain what we can learn from a study of the poem’s manuscript.

You will even get the chance to create your own Wordsworth manuscript!

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William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

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