A member of our Branch, Dr. Sally Parsonson, presented us with a visual and verbal account of how Wordsworth's poems referenced the scenic world around him. We learned that William Wordsworth wrote several travel guides of the Lake District, and needless to say, Grasmere was a favorite.
His poems reflected his life and the memories he had of his childhood near the Derwent River in the Lake District. His passages consisted of recollections of his youth and experiences with nature – the lakes, rivers, streams, animals and plants.
Even though he left the Lake District for a time, he returned there and lived in the well-known Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808. Wordsworth lived in several different places in Grasmere and died in his home in Rydal Mount near Ambelside in 1850.