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Wordsworth’s ‘Spots of Time’

Listen to Professor Keith Hanley reading Wordsworth’s account of his most influential childhood episodes, which he calls ‘spots of time’.

Central to The Prelude are the two themes of childhood and memory. While much of the poem describes Wordsworth’s childhood adventures in the Lake District, the poet is equally concerned with how he remembers these episodes and what ongoing influence they have in his adult life.

Wordsworth describes his most influential childhood episodes as ‘spots of time’. You can listen here to Professor Keith Hanley reading Wordsworth’s account of these ‘spots of time’.

Read and think about this passage carefully. In the next step, we will be asking you some questions about it.

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