Reading on Location at the London Centre

Professor Miranda Wilcox enjoyed reading poetry on location in England this past summer. Standing on the headland overlooking Whitby Bay on a foggy day, she read Caedmon’s hymn in Old English. On a rocky Dover beach below the famed chalk cliff, she and several London Centre students read Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach.” After visiting Dove Cottage in the Lake District, the BYU intern at the Wordsworth Trust led them to a nearby pool along the “coffin route” to read “Resolution and Independence” at the spot where William and Dorothy Wordsworth met the leech-gatherer. On their final trip, they rambled across the Tennyson Downs on the Isle of Wight; at the Tennyson Memorial overlooking the turquoise sea and surrounded by grazing sheep they read “Crossing the Bar.” Then they descended to Alum Bay where they dipped their feet in the waves while admiring the white Needles jutting off into the English Channel.

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