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Placing the Author: Wordsworth, De Quincey and Dove Cottage/ The Poets of Harlem

Synopsis
This video, taken from the Open University’s A230 Reading and Studying module, looks at how landscapes and communities have influenced some of our most famous poetry. From William Wordsworth’s Daffodils of the Lake District to the modern poetry of Harlem’s 1920s writers, the landscape and communities shine through the verses. Nestled in "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found", Wordsworth’s cottage is visited by fans from across the world. Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy retreated to a simple life where he could create the myth of the Romantic poet. His myth drew nervous fan Thomas de Quincey into this idyllic scene. De Quincey’s friendship with the Wordsworths soured as his addiction to opium escalated, yet it was he who took over the cottage when the Wordsworths left.

Described as "a magnet for intellectuals", Harlem was a unique crucible during the 1920s in which black culture could thrive. This Manhattan neighbourhood gained a near mythical status though the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Two writers in particular, Langston Hughes and Claude McKay, fell in love with Harlem. As Hughes mapped Harlem street by street, he captured the rhythms of blues singers, jazz saxophones and speakeasies in his experimental modern poetry.
Series
A230, Reading and Studying Literature, Course
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2011
Subjects
Geography; Literature
Keywords
communities; cultural influences; landscapes; poetry; social geography; Wordsworth, William (1770-1850); de Quincey, Thomas

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
60 minutes
Year
2012

Production Company

Name

Open University

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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