Often blindness in poetry is used for its symbolic value, where a blind character can suggest spiritual insight or inner creativity. In this talk Professor Michael Bradshaw (University of Worcester) takes a different approach, drawing upon the real experience of visual impairment, and looks afresh at the lives and writings of Ann Batten Cristall, William Wordsworth and other Romantic-era writers. He also explores the themes of blindness and sight, and the experience of non- and partially sighted characters.
Please note: Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum’s National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported redevelopment project, Reimagining Wordsworth, will be taking place throughout 2019. As a result there are some changes to what will be available when you visit this year. Please check their website for opening information before you visit