The Prelude

The Prelude (1805) by William Wordsworth, read by Ian Mckellen, prod.

by Susan Roberts

Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version.

The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.

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0120050725

The Prelude (1805) by William Wordsworth, read by Ian Mckellen, prod.

by Susan Roberts

Sir Ian Mckellen reads five extracts from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem to mark the bicentenary of the 1805 version.

The reading was specially recorded at Dove Cottage in Grasmere where Wordsworth lived and wrote from December 1799 to May 1808, the years of his supreme work as a poet.Book First,

lines

1-32;

50-54;

59-63;

79-94;

107-115;

266-426.

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Book First, lines 427-501;

Book Second, lines 1-144, & 181-208.

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Book Third, lines 1-118;

Book Fourth,

lines

1-32;

319-345;

400-445;

488-495.

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Book Fifth, lines

389-422, & 450-481

Book Sixth,

lines

352-360;

452-461;

494-572;

Book Seventh,

156-175;

593-623;

653-655;

659-662;

680-696.

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Book Tenth, lines 692-700;

Book Ninth, lines 511-522;

Book Tenth,

lines

62-69;

75-77;

539-544;

577-580

Book Eleventh, lines 278-298, & 301-388;

Book Thirteenth,

10-19;

29-73;

428-452.

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William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem The Prelude is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language.

Recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere, Cumbria, Wordsworth looks back over events in his early life.

Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time.

Parts of the poem are famous, with lines quoted often such as the description of the young Wordsworth stealing a boat.

Other parts are more introspective.

The young poet leaves Grasmere to go to University in Cambridge, and is homesick.

Wordsworth grapples with his political feelings - travelling to France at the time of the French revolution.

He enjoys the hustle and bustle of London, and is euphoric when crossing the Alps.

All the time this poem is accessible, bursting with colour and description, full of gripping storytelling.

The Prelude is read by Sir Ian McKellen with specially composed music by John Harle, performed by John Harle on Saxophone and Neill MacColl on guitar.

The Prelude is directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts.

William Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem written in the language of common speech.

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William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem The Prelude is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language.

Recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere, Cumbria, Wordsworth looks back over events in his early life.

Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time.

Parts of the poem are famous, with lines quoted often such as the description of the young Wordsworth stealing a boat.

Other parts are more introspective.

The young poet leaves Grasmere to go to University in Cambridge, and is homesick.

Wordsworth grapples with his political feelings - travelling to France at the time of the French revolution.

He enjoys the hustle and bustle of London, and is euphoric when crossing the Alps.

All the time this poem is accessible, bursting with colour and description, full of gripping storytelling.

The Prelude is read by Sir Ian McKellen with specially composed music by John Harle, performed by John Harle on Saxophone and Neill MacColl on guitar.

The Prelude is directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts.

William Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem written in the language of common speech.

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William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem The Prelude is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language.

Recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere, Cumbria, Wordsworth looks back over events in his early life.

Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time.

Parts of the poem are famous, with lines quoted often such as the description of the young Wordsworth stealing a boat.

Other parts are more introspective.

The young poet leaves Grasmere to go to University in Cambridge, and is homesick.

Wordsworth grapples with his political feelings - travelling to France at the time of the French revolution.

He enjoys the hustle and bustle of London, and is euphoric when crossing the Alps.

All the time this poem is accessible, bursting with colour and description, full of gripping storytelling.

The Prelude is read by Sir Ian McKellen with specially composed music by John Harle, performed by John Harle on Saxophone and Neill MacColl on guitar.

The Prelude is directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts.

William Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem written in the language of common speech.

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William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem The Prelude is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language.

Recorded in Wordsworth's home in Grasmere, Cumbria, Wordsworth looks back over events in his early life.

Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time.

Parts of the poem are famous, with lines quoted often such as the description of the young Wordsworth stealing a boat.

Other parts are more introspective.

The young poet leaves Grasmere to go to University in Cambridge, and is homesick.

Wordsworth grapples with his political feelings - travelling to France at the time of the French revolution.

He enjoys the hustle and bustle of London, and is euphoric when crossing the Alps.

All the time this poem is accessible, bursting with colour and description, full of gripping storytelling.

The Prelude is read by Sir Ian McKellen with specially composed music by John Harle, performed by John Harle on Saxophone and Neill MacColl on guitar.

The Prelude is directed in Manchester by Susan Roberts.

William Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem written in the language of common speech.