Free Online Course on William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place

Free Online Course on William Wordsworth
Certificate fee scholarship is available for this course.

Institution: Lancaster University
Start Date: September 3, 2018

Explore the influence of the Lake District on Wordsworth with this free online course entitled “William Wordsworth: Poetry, People, and Place”. This course is presented in association with the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

This free online course will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth, with an emphasis on his writing process. You will study how Wordsworth created and revised some of his greatest works including “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (perhaps better known as “Daffodils”) and The Prelude (his autobiographical masterpiece). The course will start on September 3, 2018.

Course Summary

  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Commitment: 4 hours
  • Subject: Literature
  • Institution: Lancaster University
  • Languages: English
  • Price: Free
  • Session: September 3, 2018
  • Requirement:  None
  • Certificate Available: Yes

Who Developed the Course

The Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a center for research, scholarship, and teaching with an emphasis on employability.

Target Audience

  • This course is open to anyone with an interest in poetry, place and the process of writing.
  • If you haven’t read Wordsworth before, the course will give you an enjoyable introduction to one of the best-loved poets in English literature.
  • If you’re already familiar with his poetry, your understanding will be enhanced through this unique opportunity to study it where it was written.

Where Could This Lead You

After completing this course, you can apply for jobs in the given fields:


Get Extra Benefits

Get a verified certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you acquire ($59)

  • Official and approved-Get a certificate with the logo of the institution and the signature of a professor to show your achievements and increase your professional prospects
  • Easy to share-Add the certificate to your résumé or resume, or publish it directly on LinkedIn
  • Proven motivational measure-Give yourself an additional stimulus to complete the course

How to Join This Course

  • You can register yourself here.
  • You can use the hashtag #FLwordsworth to talk about this course on social media.

Course Format

In this course, you will cover the following topics:

  • William Wordsworth’s life and work and the archive of his manuscripts at the Jerwood Centre, Grasmere
  • Manuscript materials as evidence of how Wordsworth created his poetry
  • The importance of a sense of place in Wordsworth’s writing
  • Wordsworth’s conception of the role of ‘Nature’, especially as expressed in ‘The Tables Turned’, The Prelude, ‘Michael’ and ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’
  • The significance of Lyrical Ballads and the volume’s key principles
  • Wordsworth’s ideas about education and his concept of ‘spots of time’
  • Ideas of home and community and their relationship to creativity
  • The relationship between different forms of writing, especially letters, journals, and poetry
  • Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals and their relationship to her brother’s poetry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of a range of William Wordsworth’s poems
  • Explore how Wordsworth created his poetry through the study of his manuscripts
  • Assess the importance of the Lake District to Wordsworth’s poetry
  • Compare William’s writing with that of his sister, Dorothy
  • Engage in critical debate about literary issues with other learners
  • Develop skills of close reading

Who Will You Learn With?

  • Simon Bainbridge: Professor of Romantic Studies in the Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University
  • Sally Bushell: Professor of Romantic and Victorian Literature at Lancaster University
  • Sharon Ruston: Professor of Romanticism at Lancaster


  • Importance of Course: You will explore the great poetry of William Wordsworth and his writing process.
  • Importance of Certificate: By the Certificate of Achievement you will be able to prove your success when applying for jobs or courses. You can display it on your LinkedIn or CV.

Detailed Information

For more information about the course, you may visit the Website.

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