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Poem set to rap to lure visitors
William Wordsworth
Wordsworth wrote the poem 200 years ago
William Wordsworth's most famous poem has been set to rap music to entice young people to the Lake District.

Cumbria tourist chiefs have released a rap version of, I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, to mark the 200th anniversary of publication of the "daffodil" poem.

The version is accompanied by a pop video shot at Lake Ullswater, whose banks inspired the poem.

The video features MC Nuts, the Lake District Red squirrel mascot for Ullswater Steamers.

It was while he was passing Ullswater on a stormy day that Wordsworth saw a "host of golden daffodils" which inspired the work.

'New audiences'

A Cumbria Tourism spokesman said: "Wordsworth's Daffodils poem has remained unchanged for 200 years.

"To keep it alive for another two centuries we wanted to engage the YouTube generation who want modern music and amusing video footage on the web.

"Hopefully this will give them a reason to connect with a poem published in 1807 as well as with the works of Wordsworth and the stunning landscape of the Lake District."

The video was also shot in the grounds and gardens of the nearby Sharrow Bay Hotel and the poet's Dove Cottage home in Grasmere and the Langdale Pikes.

David Wilson, of the Wordsworth Trust, said: "Two hundred years after it was published, the poem is still reaching new audiences and inspiring people.

"Part of our work is demonstrating how Wordsworth's poetry is relevant today and encouraging young people to enrich their lives by exploring his poetry in their own ways."




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