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Grasmere Church 5/5

Grasmere is of course famous for its links to William Wordsworth. In 1850 he caught a cold on a country walk, and he died on 23 April, St George’s day, 80 years after his birth. He and Mary who died 9 years later have a simple tombstone in the churchyard of St Oswald’s Church, now one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.

 

Grasmere Church 5/5

Grasmere is of course famous for its links to William Wordsworth. In 1850 he caught a cold on a country walk, and he died on 23 April, St George’s day, 80 years after his birth. He and Mary who died 9 years later have a simple tombstone in the churchyard of St Oswald’s Church, now one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.

 

comments (12)

Nice image - I like your composition, the lighting is nice too!
Brian Walbey: I believe you've seen this for yourself according to your husband.
Seen this a few times, Brian, took Elizabeth also.
Brian Walbey: I thought Elizabeth had been to grasmere from a couple of her comments recently.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Jun 2018, 06:27
Good to see this, Brian. Though I must admit I haven't read Wordsworth since schooldays
Brian Walbey: No I must admit to not having read Wordsworth for a very long time also.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 1 Jun 2018, 06:42
I like the modesty of this. Less is more..
Brian Walbey: I suspect he is considered a 'great man' more now than he was in those days, hence the simple gravestone.
In those days if you caught a cold you were doomed!
Brian Walbey: I think you are probably right Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 1 Jun 2018, 07:52
Behind every great man...
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chad.
The sheer simplicity of this tombstone is very touching, Brian. Just their names and date of death.
Brian Walbey: I guess back then all those centuries ago Wordsworth's work was not as well known as it is now.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Jun 2018, 14:18
"...Ye blessèd creatures, I have heard the call
Ye to each other make; I see
The heavens laugh with you in your jubilee;
My heart is at your festival,
My head hath its coronal,
The fulness of your bliss, I feel—I feel it all.
Oh evil day! if I were sullen
While Earth herself is adorning,
This sweet May-morning,
And the Children are culling
On every side,
In a thousand valleys far and wide,
Fresh flowers; while the sun shines warm,
And the Babe leaps up on his Mother's arm:—
I hear, I hear, with joy I hear!
—But there's a Tree, of many, one,
A single field which I have looked upon,
Both of them speak of something that is gone;
The Pansy at my feet
Doth the same tale repeat:
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream? ..."
(W. Wordsworth)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, this is not one I'm familiar with.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2018, 20:42
I wonder if at the time of his death his work was not regarded in the same ways it is now?
Brian Walbey: I suspect that is the case Alan, his gravestone is very modest.
a touchingly simple memorial.
Brian Walbey: I suspect he wasn't as well known at that time as he is now so it is a very modest gravestone.
that was a good find Brian... thanks for sharing it with us....petersmile
Brian Walbey: My pleasure Peter.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2018, 22:51
Wow. I would never have seen this otherwise, THANKS!
Brian Walbey: Thousands of people visit this churchyard to see this from all over the world every year, by modern standards it is a very modest gravestone.

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