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Wordsworth’s Spots of Time

Synopsis
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a key figure in the English Romantic movement. His ideas about language revolutionised modern definitions of poetry and his love of nature helped to shape the modern British landscape. Filmed in the Lake District and at other key locations, this programme focuses on Wordsworth’s concern with memory, particularly his "spots of time" - touchstones of place and experience to which he refers in his autobiographical poem ‘The Prelude’.

Wordsworth’s central themes of imagination, memory and landscape are explored, together with readings from his poems. Leading scholars (e.g. Jonathan Bate & James Butler) from British and American universities discuss his texts and analyse key concepts in his poetry in a historical context.The film is illustrated with pictures and original manuscripts (owned by the Wordsworth Trust and held at Dove Cottage in Grasmere), together with a wealth of primary archive material. In the programme, Dr. Sally Bushell (Lancaster University) visits many of the places that were to become so important to Wordsworth: Snowdon and Tintern Abbey in Wales, Alfoxden in Somerset, the English Lake District. All these locations had a profound effect on his life and work.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2003
Year of production
2002
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
Lake District; landscapes; memory; poetry; Romantic movement; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL NTSC
Price
£29.99 (inclusive)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
57 minutes
Year
2003

Production Company

Name

Lancaster University Television

Email
lutv@lancaster.ac.uk
Phone
01524 593984
Fax
01524 594069
Address
Bailrigg
Lancaster
LA1 4YW
Notes
Formerly: University of Lancaster Media Services Unit

Distributor

Name

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

Email
custserv.@films.com
Web
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Fax
+1 609 671 0266
Address
132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor
New York
NY 10001
USA
Notes
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