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View On The Rotha

View On The Rotha

Photographer: Ogle, Thomas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: 11651.e.8

Item number: 2

Length: 9

Width: 8.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

The Rotha flows through the lakes of Grasmere and Rydale and falls into Windermere. The photograph accompanies William Wordswoth's poem, 'The Rotha,' which he wrote at Grasmere and dedicated to Joanna.

"Amid the smoke of cities did you pass
The time of early youth; and there you learned,
From years of quiet industry, to love
The living Beings by your own fireside,
With such a strong devotion, that your heart
Is slow to meet the sympathies of them
Who look upon the hills with tenderness,
And make dear friendships with the streams and groves."

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