Preludes to Wordsworth
Preludes to Wordsworth is cycle of settings of
poems by William Wordsworth. They were written as
contributions to the web-based project
'Wordsworth 250' is the brainchild of his
living relatives. It consists of readings and
interpretations of Wordsworth' poetry in
celebration of the 250th Anniversary of his
birth on April 7, 1770.
I'm delighted to have my work included on the site
alongside readings by the Wordsworth family and
wonderful actors such as Brian Cox, Ruth
Wilson, William H Macy, Tom Conti, Mary McCormack,
and Stephen Fry.
To---, on Her First Ascent to Helvellyn - Written in 1816, this poem was addressed to'Miss Blacket'. Wordsworth also begins Book VIII of his masterpiece, The Prelude with a view from Helvellyn, which is a mountain in the Lake District close to Ullswater.
I climbed Helvellyn in 1975,
aged 7, and it remains a definitive
experience for me. The top of the
mountain is also the site of
my favourite picture of me and my
brothers Richard (middle)and Philip
Written In March - This optimistic poem, written at a time of war, compares the oncoming of spring with a time of renewal.
Song for the Spinning Wheel - Subtitled 'Founded upon a Belief Prevalent among the Pastoral Vales of Westmoreland', this poem speaks of the spinning wheel producing spun wool on its own over night.
Lucy Gray - Written in 1799, this poem was inspired by Wordsworth's own experience of being in the snow and his sister's recollection of the story of a small girl who was lost on the moors near Halifax in Yorkshire.
'Daffodils' or 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' - Written between 1804 and 1807, this most famous of Wordsworth's poems was inspired by a walk with his sister Dorothy by Lake Ullswater on 15 April 1802.
The Sun Has Long Been Set is an Impromptu written on June 8, 1802.
We Are Seven was written in 1798 and published in Lyrical Ballads. It describes a discussion an adult and a "little cottage girl", which turns on the girl's insistence that two of her dead siblings dwell with her.