From our Google+ Community this week:
1. Read this review of the book The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge by Adam Sisman. Based on the summary presented in the review, which of the two poets do you think was more at fault for the rift that developed in this great relationship?
2. Now that you've read about the friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge, check out this summary of a book about the friendship that the two poets' daughters shared: The Poets' Daughters by Katie Waldegrave. Then think about and answer this question: Do you think Dora and Sara did a better job of being friends than William and Samuel did? Why or why not?
3. Read the intro page for the site "Mapping the Lakes: A Literary GIS." (GIS is geographic information system.) (Here's the link to the intro:http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/mappingthelakes/index.htm) Now take a look at the maps of Coleridge's travels through The Lake District, particularly the one at this link. What does the "smooth surface" map show that the "base map" cannot? Finally, Google and then link to or post a picture you like of something from this area.
4. Before 1833, there was little government oversight of working conditions in the new factories. Very young children were working long hours in unsafe, unhealthy conditions. The Factory Act of 1833 made it at least illegal to employ children under the age of 9, even though it was still done (after all, there were only 4 factory inspectors for the whole of the country), and set up other rules to govern young workers. Take a look at this lesson from the British National Archives. Choose either source 1, 2, or 3 and do the questions associated with that source.
5. Here's the route of a cool walk you can take through the Lake District to see some of the stuff Coleridge and Wordsworth would have drawn inspiration from. Take a look at the directions, the pictures at this other site (http://www.davidhalllakedistrictwalks.co.uk/PAGES/WALKS/20051022_ID_201.html) and tell me if this is something that looks like fun to you?
6. WEEKEND CHALLENGE: You will receive one piece of excellent candy for every five lines of Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge that you memorize. True story. Who's up for the challenge?
7. Listen to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Iron Maiden and tell me... do you think this is a reasonable paraphrase? Why or why not?