The Poets at Dove Cottage: Poems about the Wordsworths and the Lake District


This unique and vivid collection brings to life Dove Cottage and Grasmere through the eyes of twenty of our finest poets. Written from so many brilliantly-imagined angles, it allows the reader to experience the day-to-day as it was and is in ‘the loveliest spot that Man hath ever found’.

William and Dorothy Wordsworth’s own writing has pride of place alongside more recent Dove Cottage poets including Fleur Adcock, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Farley, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Zaffar Kunial, Kim Moore and Helen Mort.

Edited by Ann and Peter Sansom with a foreword by Michael McGregor, Director of The Wordsworth Trust. Published by The Poetry Business in association with the Wordsworth Trust to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth as part of The Wordsworth Trust’s ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’ project.

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Published July 2022.

Cover painting: ‘Grasmere & Loughrigg Fell’ by Sam Martin.



Foreword by Michael McGregor
WW Letter to ST Coleridge, Christmas Eve, Grasmere, 1799 by William Wordsworth
Extracts from Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journal
Extract from Home at Grasmere by William Wordsworth
High is our calling, Friend! by William Wordsworth
The Keepsake by Fleur Adcock
The Candlelighter by Simon Armitage
On Greenhead Gill with Grasmere School by Gerard Benson
One of the Summer People by Judy Brown
Lines written in a convex mirror above Rydal Water by Holly Corfield Carr
Miracle on St David’s Day by Gillian Clarke
Shoal by Matthew Clegg
Dorothy Wordsworth is Dead by Carol Ann Duffy
Coffin Path Poem by Helen Farish
The Heron by Paul Farley
Remains by Tony Harrison
Wordsworth’s Skates by Seamus Heaney
On the Restoration of the Cuckoo Clock at Dove Cottage by Matt Howard
Placeholder by Zaffar Kunial
A Wood Gathering Poem by Pete Laver
Dunmail Raise by Carola Luther
Dear Mr Wordsworth by Kim Moore
Grasmere Oak by Helen Mort
A Double Wash Stand by Adam O’Riordan
The Boast by Jacob Polley
The Path of a Thousand Hellos by Neil Rollinson
Easedale by Fiona Sampson
Guangzhou Daffodils by David Tait
from Michael: A Pastoral Poem by William Wordsworth

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Dimensions 15.6 × 11.1 × 0.6 cm


Publication Year

July 2022


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