Lakeland poet William Wordsworth and his contemporaries certainly got about, taking their inspiration from long walks in the central Lakes. If they had lived today, would they have written the same poems? It is, I have found, quite hard to romanticise the universe when you are crawling along in traffic on the road to Ambleside. In this poem I imagine what each one of them would have produced if they had the choice of driving instead of ambling. By the way, did you know Romantic Poet Robert Southey was responsible for the fairytale plot of Goldilocks and The Three Bears? You do now.
Poets in Motion
When William wandered lonely day and night
there were no cars around to grab a lift.
But then his cadence might have gone adrift
if golden daffs were amber trafi c lights.
If motors ruled the road in Samuel’s time,
Then Kubla Khan would doubtless be on wheels,
with skid marks left on William’s precious i elds,
and limericks in place of ancient Rime.
His three bears may been condensed to one
had Robert Southey rode the Lakeland Twizy.
And Goldilocks might well still be busy
trying to squash in her fairytale bum.
Imagine how much more we’d have understood
if historic gondola on Coniston
had sailed around the lake with John
not left him stranded at remote Brantwood.
If these Lakeland heroes were still with us
Perhaps they’d favour GoLakes Travel,
discover romance in the summer schedule,
and ride away the day on the open top bus.