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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

Lower Sixth Students on their Tennyson walk

A unique opportunity.

To support the study of the AS English Literature text, Maud,  by Alfred Lord Tennyson, lower sixth students were offered the opportunity to take part in a ‘Tennyson walk’ around Somersby, Bag Enderby and Harrington, where the 19th Century Poet Laureate grew up. En route, we had the chance to see his childhood home and a small stream which is thought to be the inspiration for Tennyson’s poem ‘The Babbling Brook’, as well as visit one of Tennyson’s father’s parish churches, before reaching the climax of our tour – Harrington Hall.  This was the most exciting part of the trip for all of us because it gave us the chance to read a section of the poem (‘Come into the garden Maud…’) which is presumed to be set in the very garden we were standing in.  The afternoon was enjoyable and enlightening: Debbie Jenner, our guide, was absolutely brilliant, supplying not only an abundance of contextual information, but also a more tangible impression of the poem and its author.

by Willow Bowen