For those who live and work in the Lake District, the poetry of William Wordsworth still resonates – 167 years after his death. Even those of us with only a sketchy knowledge of Wordsworth can usually recall his ‘host of golden daffodils’ or perhaps those heartfelt poems in which he mourns the death of ‘Lucy Gray’.
For contemporary artists lucky enough to inhabit this region, Wordsworth’s poems are also a source of inspiration, celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the lakes and mountains of Cumbria – a region that recently acquired Unesco World Heritage status.
While much may have changed since Wordsworth roamed these hills, that ‘narrow girdle of rough stones and crags’ still visible though the early morning mist on the shores of Grasmere or the sight and sound of a Lakeland skylark is as thrilling today as it was to Wordsworth himself in 1800.
In this handy, pocket-size book, eighteen professional artists have each chosen a short poem and illustrated it in the medium of their choice – paper-cut, wool embroidery, photography, engraving, wire sculpture, suspended canvas, slate carving, collage, watercolour or abstract paintings in acrylic. You can read more about the project on Mike’s blog or in this article in the Westmorland Gazette.
The Green Door members contributing their unique interpretations of these popular poems are Andy Wild, Margaret Auger, Marisa Crane, Jamie Barnes, Sue David, Mike Healey, Clare Whistler, Lynn Hamel, Sam Mould and Brie Wharf.
If you love poetry and/or art or simply want to buy that perfect souvenir of your visit to the Lake District, then Wordsworth’s best-loved poems is surely for you!
William Wordsworth’s Best Loved Poems book is available from Youdels Art Shop at Kendal, Framers in Kendal’s Market Hall, Low Sizergh Barn or from email@example.com, and retails at £7.