April is National Poetry Month!
To celebrate we are bringing you weekly highlights from some of our favorite ambling bards and the paths that inspired them.
This week, we feature the 19th century British Romantic, William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
If ever there was a bard who appreciated the power of walking, surely it was Wordsworth. Scholars estimate that he logged more than 180,000 miles during his lifetime as he coursed through the terrain of his beloved Lake District.
In an unpublished poem found in his private journals and published in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume V (Oxford University Press, 1959), Wordsworth contemplates the value of introspection he experiences while walking:
The Path: England's Lake District
Like his fellow Romantics, Wordsworth was deeply inspired by the natural world around him. In this wonderful travelogue, Audubon Magazine utilizes the journals of Wordworth's sister, Dorothy, to retrace his steps through the landscapes he held most dear: England's Lake District.