date_range Starts on September 7, 2015
event_note End date September 11, 2015
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assignment Level : Introductive
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Explore the influence of the Lake District on Wordsworth with this free online course, filmed at his home, Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

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This free online course will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth, with an emphasis on his writing process and the inspirational landscape of the Lake District. This course is presented in association with the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Discover how Wordsworth wrote his best-known works The course has been filmed at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, where Wordsworth lived from 1799 to 1808. There, he produced much of his greatest work, including “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (perhaps better known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece). You will study how Wordsworth created and revised these poems and Lyrical Ballads, drawing on the magnificent collection of manuscripts held by the Wordsworth Trust in the museum next to his home. Explore the Lake District with leading Wordsworth scholars Through readings and discussions focusing on Grasmere and the landscape of the Lake District, the course will explore why this location was so important for Wordsworth. Contributors to the course will include Jeff Cowton, the Curator of the Wordsworth Trust, and Professor Sally Bushell, one of the world’s leading scholars of Wordsworth’s writing process, who is based at Lancaster University on the doorstep of the Lake District. You can find out more in Simon Bainbridge’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “How does a great poet write his poetry?” Nature’s Poets: what place inspires your poetry? To celebrate the start of Lancaster University’s free online course we’re challenging you to write a poem inspired by your favourite place. Find out how to join the challenge
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Instructors

  • Simon Bainbridge
  • Sally Bushell
  • Sharon Ruston
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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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