The Lake District in Northwest England is a haven wherein you can experience nature at its very best. The land which comprises this district is nested at the middle of breath-taking terrains, crystal clear glaciers and serene bodies of water. With a template as beautiful as this, it is no wonder that the district has been home to some of the most famous poets in English literature.
Taking inspiration from the depths and heights that the Lake District has to offer, these poets share their thoughts and emotions to their readers. It is no wonder that their creations are full of depth, character and even mystery.
The district has extensive woodlands that houses pine and oak trees that these famous poets used to convey sturdy messages of love and life as reflected in their masterpieces.
The terrains that lord over the lake and land helped escalate the popularity of the famous poets of the English Lake District. More so, the lake provides seeds of ideas that flow into the best poems that we have ever read. The rich tradition of poetry continues until today due to the literature festival that happens annually.
However, this celebration is a tribute to those who were drawn here first.
The history of poetry in the English Lake District dates back two centuries ago when men and women were driven to immortalize their expressions through words. Some of the more famous poets of the English Lake District at that time were Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy Wordsworth and Robert Southey.
These poets took inspiration from the beauty of the Lake District and created their own style that came to be known as the Romantic Movement. Their style of poetry conveys the basic philosophy that humans can draw strength from nature. While they are championing nature, they have also presented a beautiful picture of the Lake District as evident in William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”
Wordsworth was able to write that poem while he and his sister, Dorothy, were walking along the Cumbrian countryside. However, Wordsworth’s most famous poem is “The Prelude” which is believed to be an account of his early years. The title of this poem was given after he died and it was revised by Wordsworth numerous times.
Meanwhile, his sister Dorothy wrote mostly short stories, letters and diary entries and she never sought to be an author. On the other hand, Southey was England’s poet laureate from 1813 to 1843 and he is also known as a biographer. Southey is responsible for writing the biographies of writer John Bunyan, naval officer Horatio Nelson, political leader Oliver Cromwell, hymnodist William Cowper and theologian John Wesley.
Coleridge is known for his non-poetry work Biographia Literaria and poems such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. You can relieve the lives of the famous poets of the English Lake District by visiting the places that have been witnesses to their poetic greatness. You can visit the Dove Cottage and the Rydal Mount which have been William Wordsworth’s residences. You can also visit the Jerwood Centre wherein most of Wordsworth’s manuscripts can be found.
The churchyard at St. Oswald’s is the final resting place of some of the famous Romantic Movement poets. If you are looking for a place to stay on your visit to the Lake District, be sure to choose either Keswick’s Greta Hall or Windermere’s Samling Hotel where Wordsworth, Southey, Coleridge and other Romantic Movement poets from the Lake District stayed for some time.
photo credit: Paul Conneally