William Wordsworth: Dr Gary Day

"Wordsworth is arguably the Romantic poet. Just about anyone who has been to school knows the line ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. His poetry, compared to that of some of his contemporaries, is simple and direct yet also profound. His work, indeed, shows that you do not have to write in a difficult manner to discover and explore profound truths. This course will be an introduction to Wordsworth’s life and writing and we will be using Wordsworth's Poetry and Prose, edited by Nicholas Halmi (Norton Critical Editions)"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."