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date: 04 June 2020

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In the autumn of 1798 William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge boarded a packet for Germany. Wordsworth and Dorothy took rooms in the provincial town of GoslarThe poet turned inward, writing a series of autobiographical blank verse fragments meditating on his childhood that would become part one of the 1799 Prelude, as well as nearly a dozen poems that would appear in the 1800 Lyrical Ballads. His voice that emerges out of and celebrates lives shaped by the Lake District. Wordsworth’s relationship to this landscape existed in memory, the felt pulse of a distant past. The work of the poems is to manifest this feeling making the 1800 Lyrical Ballads so compelling. In the months following his return to England, Wordsworth took up residence at Grasmere, and began to map the place of memory across territories of earth and bone, writing it deep into the heart.

Keywords: Lyrical Ballads, memory, landscape, Grasmere, Lake District, Goslar, pastoral, Lucy poems, Matthew poems, Michael

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