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Blea Tarn, Langdale

Blea Tarn, Langdale

Photographer: Ogle, Thomas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1347.f.21

Item number: 30

Length: 8.5

Width: 9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View by Thomas Ogle of Blea Tarn in the Lake District, illustrating 'Our English Lakes, Mountains, And Waterfalls, as seen by William Wordsworth' (1864). The book juxtaposes photographs of the Lake District with poems by the English Romantic poet. Blea Tarn lies to the west of Windermere in the Langdales area of the Lake District. Wordsworth (1770-1850) lived nearby at Rydal Mount and was greatly inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape. The tarn and its surroundings are described in this excerpt from his poem ‘The Excursion’, Book II (1814), which the photograph accompanies:

"...And I walked
In weariness: when, all at once, behold!
Beneath our feet, a little lowly vale,
A lowly vale, and yet uplifted high
Among the mountains; even as if the spot
Had been from eldest time by wish of theirs
So placed, to be shut out from all the world!
Urn-like it was in shape, deep as an urn;
With rocks encompassed, save that to the south
Was one small opening, where a heath-clad ridge
Supplied a boundary less abrupt and close;
A quiet, treeless nook, with two green fields,
A liquid pool that glittered in the sun,
And one bare dwelling; one abode, no more!”

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