Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
It is Christmas Eve, 1799, and Dorothy Wordsworth is awake in the dead of night. She stands outside in the winter cold, waiting patiently.
When the new day breaks it will bring family and friends to Dorothy's door. For tomorrow is a double joy: tomorrow is her Christmas Birthday.
Carol Ann Duffy's wonderful poem Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday takes us to the frozen landscape of the Lake District, where a merry celebration is about to begin in the Wordsworths' cottage.
Gorgeously illustrated by Tom Duxbury, this festive poem evokes the snowy Lake District as Dorothy celebrates her birthday with her brother William Wordsworth and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
In the media
Duffy's spellbinding verse, spiced with witty, wintry illustrations, recaptures a magic most of us left behind in childhood
Maggie Fergusson Intelligent Life
A tiny time machine that transports us to a frosty Cumberland in 1799