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‘Home at Grasmere’: reading

Professor Keith Hanley reads an extract describing the Wordsworths' journey on foot to their new home in Grasmere.

These extracts are from Wordsworth’s unpublished poem ‘Home at Grasmere’ lines 218-236 and 256-269. The poem describes Wordsworth’s joy at finding a true home at last as well as his anxieties about being able to become the great poet he sought to be.

In this passage, Wordsworth describes their journey to their new home on foot.

Why do you think they chose to travel in this way?

As you listen think about the kinds of images he uses to describe himself and Dorothy battling against the elements and the way in which Nature is described almost as if it is human (personification).

What does this add to the description?

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William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

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