Adam Nicolson is a distinguished, prize winning author of many books on history, nature and travel. In this new book, The Making of Poetry, he tells the story of the year that Coleridge, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy spent in Somerset – a year that saw them produce masterpieces such as The Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan and Lyrical Ballads. He explores the idea that only by experiencing the physical circumstances of the year in all weathers and seasons, at night and at dawn, in sunlit reverie and during moonlit walks, is it possible to understand the genesis of poetry. In doing so he offers proof that poetry can surely change the world and so provides a fitting end to this year’s Literary Festival.
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