Twenty English Literature students from Notre Dame visited the Lake District last week in order to enhance their study of pastoral poetry. They arrived in Ambleside on a sunny Thursday evening, before taking part in a literature themed quiz.
The next day, they visited the Wordsworth Trust and enjoyed a guided tour of Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home when he was a young man, followed by a workshop on pastoral poetry. All students agreed that this helped their understanding of the poems they had been studying at college. After lunch, the students visited Rydal Mount where Wordsworth spent the last 37 years of his life.
The annual residential is one of the many enhancement opportunities offered by the English department in order to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject.