The Romantic poetry project has come full circle!
I’m pleased to announce that I have been awarded a tender by the QLPS (the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme) to create a curated poetry trail (Launch Autumn 2023). Using your own personal smartphone you will be able to walk WITHIN a 21st century re-imagining of ‘the poetry of the sublime in the language of the common man’!
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My starting point is the closing years of the 18th century, when the young (in their 20s) William and Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge sought haven in the rolling Quantock Hills of Somerset. Disillusioned with revolutionary idealism and the flowery poetry others were writing at the time, ‘The Golden Three’ invented ‘Romantic poetry’ – ‘the poetry of the sublime in the language of the common man’.
220 years later their Romantic poetry project has come full circle: from later this year I will be wandering the Quantocks with groups of poets and people who want to write poetry, composing landscape poetry ‘en plein air’ in the same manner as the RomPoets did.
This time, however, selected poems from this process will – and I am sure they would have approved – be physically inserted into the very backbone of the Quantock Hills: the collection will be recorded, and – using ‘located audio’ or ‘digital placemaking’ technologies – mapped over compelling sites in the Quantocks. The whole will be made into an app which you can download to your personal smartphone. When you or anyone else goes to the Quantocks you will be able to literally follow an audio poetry trail with your ears: the poetry is gps-triggered on your own personal smartphone – in the locations which inspired it.
You walk WITHIN the poetry.
And more: you will be accompanied on your poetic odyssey by the Romantic poets themselves! The poetry trail is tied together with re-imagined conversations of the Romantic poets, created from authentic historical content. You will hear not only hear 21st century curated poetry-of-place, but also be able to listen in to the Wordsworths and Coleridge as they talk, bicker, argue, compose, get drunk together .. and invent ‘the poetry of the sublime in the language of the common man’.