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Rydal Mount, set in the little village of Rydal in Cumbria, was the best loved family home of the Lakeland poet, William Wordsworth, and his family for the greater part of his life from 1813 until his death at the age of 80 in 1850. It was here that he wrote many of his poems, revised much of his earlier works and also published the final version of his most famous poem "Daffodils".

Here we see Wordsworth's house amidst the extensive four acre gardens which he both designed and tended. He had an office or study in the house but often said that his study was not indoors but outdoors where he could better communicate with Nature for inspiration. Indeed, he often spent time alone in his little garden shed where he could sit in solitude to write and compose his verse.

I think most English speaking people must know the "Daffodils", but here is a poem written by Wordsworth around 1835 which describes his view across Rydal Water from his home here at Rydal Mount:

Soft as a cloud is yon blue Ridge--the Mere
Seems firm as solid crystal, breathless, clear,
And motionless; and, to the gazer's eye,
Deeper than ocean, in the immensity
Of its vague mountains and unreal sky!
But, from the process in that still retreat,
Turn to minuter changes at our feet;
Observe how dewy Twilight has withdrawn
The crowd of daisies from the shaven lawn,
And has restored to view its tender green,
That, while the sun rode high,
Was lost beneath their dazzling sheen.

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