Thursday, 21 August 2014

Pen and Ink and Walking Poets

I recently visited the ‘Walking Poets’ Exhibition at The Wordsworth Trust museum in Grasmere. The exhibition expresses a connection between Wordsworth and Matsuo Basho, in terms of how they both pioneered the use of everyday language in poetry, they both used the natural world to express their ideas, and they both composed their poetry as they walked. Each found creative inspiration in nature, and for each, the act of walking itself was a creative process. 

This exhibition features manuscripts and early printed editions of work written by Matsuo Basho, William Wordsworth, and Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, who is now recognised as a significant writer in her own right. The exhibition also features new works by contemporary artists working in a wide range of media, responding to the manuscripts and what originally inspired them in ways that are as fresh, creative and radical now, as Wordsworth and Basho were during their lives.