Wordsworth’s World

Although I’ve been back in the U.S. for more than a week now, I can’t stop thinking about walking around in those wonderful vistas in the Lake District of northern England.

Hills behind Ambleside, Lake District, UK

The multi-colored hills form a picturesque backdrop for the small town of Ambleside in the southern Lake District.  (Click on the image for a much larger view of the panorama)

And obviously I’m just one of many who have been so inspired by that captivating scenery.  William Wordsworth, noted lyric poet of the early 19th century, grew up among those hills and vales in the Lake District, and captured the essence of the natural beauty of the area in his poetry.

I imagine Wordsworth’s world looked somewhat like it does today — certainly the stone walls, many of the stone cottages, cobblestone roads, small, narrow lanes between green pastures full of sheep, even the roadside flowers growing below and on the stone walls — must look similar.  What he may have seen or been inspired by…

Hills around Ambleside, Lake District

Clouds, high fells, green pastures, filled with sheep, are all part of the inspiring landscape of the Lake District today just as they were in 1800.

Hawkshead, Lake District-

Houses tucked into green pastures and ringed by stone walls, surrounded by the high fells, just as they were in Wordsworth’s day. (Those little black clumps are what the sheep left behind to fertilize the pasture.)

Hawkshead village, Lake District

Yellow-blooming Gorse, green pastures, stone walls and small cottages are so typical of this area.

Hawkshead village, Lake District

Narrow country lanes, wide enough for horse carriage, but not for the two-way car traffic that commute on them today.

Hawkshead village, Lake District

Walking the narrow country roads, through sheep pastures, around lakes, and over fells is very popular with Brits as well as visitors.  I imagine such a scene with school-age kids, instead of senior citizens, back in Wordsworth’s time.

Wordsworth's cloud poem-

Last stanza of the poem “Daffodils” AKA “I wandered lonely as a cloud”:       “For oft, when on my couch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye, Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

daffodils

Daffodils by Delphina King

5 thoughts on “Wordsworth’s World

  1. Thank you for your great photos of beautiful Wordsworth Country. I read Dorothy Wordsworth’s Diaries many years ago & hoped to one day take a walking tour there myself. Maybe I still will, one day.

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