"Blest be the infant babe. No outcast he."

Hawkshead Grammar School
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These phrases crop up in Book 2 of The Prelude by Wordsworth. This section of the poem continues on from Book 1, dealing with childhood and school-time.


Wordsworth House
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During his childhood, Wordsworth's family home was in Cockermouth; a property now owned by the National Trust and named Wordsworth House. In the period depicted in Book 2, Wordsworth attended Hawkshead Grammar School in the market town of Hawkshead. However, his formal education in school is never directly referred to, with Wordsworth again concentrating on the indirect education provided to him through nature.   



Lake Windermere, Cumbria
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