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Ambleside and Grasmere: a Romantic Poetry Visit

Nineteen English Literature students from Notre Dame visited the Lake District earlier in October, in order to enhance their study of romantic poetry. They arrived in Ambleside on 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 romantic poetry held in the reading room of the trust’s accommodation. The students (and staff!) were thrilled to be given the opportunity to handle first editions of Frankenstein and Paradise Lost; this was a real highlight of the trip. After lunch, the students visited Rydal Mount where Wordsworth spent the last 37 years of his life. The visitors enjoyed a walk into Grasmere (luckily the rain held off) before heading back to Leeds

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.

Pictured are some of the visiting students in the gardens of Dove Cottage.