Poet Wordsworth’s Chickens

“Behold the parent hen amid her brood...”

Poet Wordsworth’s Chickens
If you’ve ever heard the poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” you’ve heard poetry by William Wordsworth, an English Romantic Age poet who lived in the Lake District between 1770 and 1850. Wordsworth grew up in a house in Cockermouth, England, which today, is called Wordsworth House and Garden. The house is open to the public and they have chickens who live in the award-winning garden beside the River Derwent, described by Wordsworth as the “fairest of all rivers.” The poet loved to observe nature, watch wildlife, and write about what he saw. He wrote about his hens in some of his poetry, observing hen parenting techniques and crediting them with “tenderness and love” towards their newborn chicks. “Behold the parent hen amid her brood…” he wrote. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770 – 1850) by unknown artist. Credit: National Trust Today, the hens that live at Wordsworth House and Garden are

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