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Behind Closed Doors: a month of maintenance and conservation at Dove Cottage

For one month a year, in January, Dove Cottage is closed to the public. A small team of staff have just four weeks to carry out essential conservation and maintenance work on the fabric of this historic building and the precious objects it holds.  This year I worked with Mark Ward (Guide & Estates Worker) […]

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'The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be'’: Ada Lovelace and her mother Annabella Byron

by Eleanor Fitzsimons ‘Never was a bridegroom less in haste’. This worrisome observation was noted down by politician and diarist John Cob Hobhouse as he accompanied his dear friend George Gordon Byron on a convoluted journey to Seaham Hall in County Durham. Once there, Hobhouse, who had known Byron since both were students at Trinity […]

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Wordsworth in Leeds

by Anna Fleming After my blog post reporting my year in Grasmere I return to share my year in Leeds. I am a collaborative doctoral award student which means I am partnered with two institutions: the University of Leeds and the Wordsworth Trust. Unlike 2015, when I was based in Grasmere and I used the […]

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Keats – Strength in beauty: an interview with Nicholas Roe

An interview with Wordsworth Trust trustee, Nicholas Roe,  adapted from material by Helen Tope Few writers have a more enduring legacy than the English Romantic poet John Keats. Born in October 1795, Keats set out as a medical student studying at Guy’s Hospital and was eventually recognized as a central figure of English Romanticism. We […]

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Anne Finch: A Pre-Romantic?

by Tess Somervell At Christmas, 1819, William Wordsworth presented to Lady Mary Lowther, the thirty-four-year-old daughter of his patron, an album of ‘poems and extracts’. The album included many of the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poets: Marvell, Beaumont, Pope, Thomson, Cowper, three sonnets by Shakespeare, and the female poets Laetitia Pilkington and Anne Killigrew. But […]

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Romantic readings: ‘To My Sister’, by William Wordsworth

by Eavan Boland I’ve always believed there are certain pieces of writing which are magic doors in locked houses. Just as we think we’ll never get entry, never be able to go in, this one door springs open at our slightest touch. And after that we can come and go as we please. Wordsworth’s “To […]

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Shelley in the 21st century

by Graham Henderson Most writing on Shelley seems frustratingly designed for scholarly audiences and much of it is almost unreadable by anyone outside a university setting. Most of the books and articles written between 1980 and around 2005 are written in a scholarly style that limits readership to a handful of people: esoteric, jargon-filled, arcane […]

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Shelley in London: Poland Street

by Anna Mercer   Soho is my favourite part of London. I love walking from Oxford Circus to Leicester Square, dipping into Covent Garden. I don’t know much about the history of Soho (reading recommendations welcome!), but a stroll around this part of the capital today provides an air of history and also a modern, […]

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