Facilitator’s Notes – August 2015

LANDSCAPES IN LITERATURE – FROM WASTELANDS TO WONDERLANDS

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty;
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Group discussion
Exercise one – write down a list of emotions generated by this poem

LONDON by William Blake
I wandered through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
A mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:
How the chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.
But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse

group discussion
Exercise two – write down a list of emotions generated by this poem

group discussion: compare and contrast of these poems

Exercise four – write the landscape of your street, 100 words
read around and discuss
Exercise five – write the landscape of a journey to your favourite place in the UK, 100 words
read around and discuss
Exercise six – write the landscape of your favourite place in the UK 100 words
read around and discuss
Exercise seven – write the landscape of an atrocity; eg Lockerbie, Dunblane, Aberfan 100 words
read around and discuss

HOMEWORK: submit a piece entitled THIS LAND IS MY LAND to norman.warwick@ntlworld.com

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