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The Goslar Letter

Jeff Cowton, curator of the Wordsworth Trust, shows Professor Simon Bainbridge one of the Trust’s treasures, the ‘Goslar Letter’.

Watch this video in which Jeff Cowton MBE shows Professor Simon Bainbridge one of the Wordsworth Trust’s treasures, the ‘Goslar Letter’.

This letter, a joint production from William and Dorothy to their friend Coleridge, is named after the German town in which it was written. As Jeff explains, the letter contains passages of poetry that would eventually be included in The Prelude, giving a real insight into how Wordsworth created his masterpiece.

As you watch the video, you might like to pay particular attention to the layout of the letter. In the next step, you will get an opportunity to produce your own ‘Goslar Letter’.

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