Exploring the hills around Grasmere on our first day

“RETROSPECT–LOVE OF NATURE LEADING TO LOVE OF MAN […] With deep devotion, Nature, did I feel, In that enormous City’s turbulent world Of men and things, what benefit I owed To thee, and those domains of rural peace, Where to the sense of beauty first my heart Was opened; tract more exquisitely fair Than that…

Reading “Elegiac Stanzas” in Dove Cottage

Monday March 13, 2017: Later that night, Jeff led us to the sitting room, where we listened to Noor’s reading of “Elegiac Stanzas.” She sat in Wordsworth’s very own chair, by Sir George Beaumont’s painting of the Piel Castle, and we stood in the comfort of the candlelight, our silence gently disrupted by the steady…

Reliving Wordsworth’s Schooldays: Colthouse and Hawkshead

Wednesday March 15, 2017: On Wednesday, one of our first excursions was to Anne Tyson’s house, where Wordsworth lived while he was a student at Hawkshead Grammar School. We took a bus—driven by Jeff Cowton, the curator of the Jerwood Centre—from our hotel in Grasmere to Hawkshead. Formerly a National Trust house, Colthouse is now…

Airport Excursions

During our twenty-hour excursion to Grasmere, we utilized two different buses, an airplane, and no small amount of suitcases. We traveled with eleven US citizens, one Iranian citizen, and one British citizen. One of our classmates had broken her ankle, and I, your writer, am blind. We arrived at the Newark airport at around two…

Back in the States! A Quick Message!

Hello all! As we continue to work on this site, we would like to draw your attention to the Posts By Day page that can be found at the top right corner of our page. You can read posts by the day in which we went on a particular trip, conversation, or overall experience during our…