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The Sheepfold in 'Michael'

Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sally Bushell walk up the valley of Greenhead Gill to find a sheepfold of significance to Wordsworth's "Michael".

In this video, Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sally Bushell walk further up the valley of Greenhead Gill to find a sheepfold. They discuss the significance of the sheepfold as a symbol for the poem ‘Michael’.

Think about the following ideas as you watch the video and Sally discusses the use of symbols in the poem.

A symbol is something that stands for something else (e.g. a map symbol represents the object found in that place such as a church).

  • Why does poetry use language in a symbolic way?
  • How do poetic symbols work?
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William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

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