Friday, September 11, 2015

Dove cottage, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere, Lake district, England

Dorothy Wordsworth, the sister of William Wordsworth kept a journal of all that was happening in their lives in Dove cottage. Today Dove cottage in Grasmere is opened to the public and the museum next to it gives wonderful insight to their lives in the Lake district. Grasmere is the prettiest of all the villages in the Lake district, in my opinion. William Wordsworth is buried here. On April 15, on one of their walks, Dorothy recorded, 'we saw that there was a long belt of them (daffodils) along the shore. (of a lake I presume). I never saw daffodils so beautiful....' We know that William Wordsworth valued his sitter's journals because his poetry mirrors her journals. His poem 'the daffodils' has these lines, 'I wandered lonely as a cloud. That floats on high o'er vales and hills. When all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils.' It ends with this line, 'And dances with the daffodils.' William Wordsworth is forever associated with daffodils.

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