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Wordsworth at the Sheepfold

In this video, Professor Sally Bushell describes how Wordsworth liked to write outside and discusses his difficulty in writing "Michael".

In this video Professors Simon Bainbridge and Sally Bushell talk about the context for the writing of ‘Michael’. Sally describes Wordsworth’s difficulty in writing it as well as the way in which Wordsworth was a poet who liked to write outside.

How important is setting and context for writing or working well?

Can you think of examples in your own life of working better in one place than another, or of needing certain things around you or having particular rituals before settling to write?

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William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

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