William Wordsworth 5E

daffodils

Today’s post is about the great romantic poet from the Lake District William Wordsworth. As most of you who haven’t been there I’d like to start with a video documentary on his figure.

  1. What should poetry be inspired by?
  2. What kind of life did he lead? Watch this short video

The next video is  the poem Daffodils we did in class read by the incredible actor Jeremy Irons whose “liquid” voice is stunning. In my opinion it is just a brilliant, magic and a moving example of poetry reading. As someone commented : “He could read the phone book and make it sound wonderful.” 🙂

If you wanna visit Wordsworth’s Cumbria and the places that inspired his poetry here’s a beautiful website that also includes some of his poems.

While surfing the net I also found a rap version of the same poem, an attempt to make a literary classic … more contemporary so to speak.  How do you like it? Does it sound significant or like a parody to your ears? How does it make you feel? ? Be ready to discuss in class orally. 

I’m also embedding the other poem we read “The Rainbow” MY Heart Leaps Up so that you can listen to it at home.

It’s all by now. Hope one day you’ll visit the Lake District as, if you like hiking, it’s an area you should take into consideration 😉

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