“Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge – it is as immortal as the heart of man.” – William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Wordsworth’s poetry had a huge impact in his own time, and it still speaks to us today. At Dove Cottage is the world’s greatest collection of Wordsworth’s original manuscripts, in the very place that they were first written.
By Reimagining Wordsworth, we will bring these manuscripts vividly to life. We will give a glimpse into Wordsworth’s creative process, revealing his revisions and frustrations, and his constant search for perfection.
- Jeff Cowton, Curator