Kinbote (kinbote) wrote,

I Wandered Lonely as a Human Beat Box

Today I dropped "I wander lonely as a cloud" into an online conversation at work, which of course required some sort of followup link since people at work lack any background in poetry. So what did I stumble upon, but this:

IT was first published 200 years ago this year and has become England’s most easily-recognised poem. Now, William Wordsworth’s best known work has been given a 21st century upgrade.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud has undergone the “rap” treatment in the bicentenary year of its publication to help the next generation of Lake District visitors connect with his work.

The new "hip-hop" version of the famous poem and an accompanying pop video can be listened to and watched for free at Cumbria Tourism’s website. It features MC Nuts in the leading role – better known as Sam - the Lake District Red squirrel mascot for Ullswater Steamers.

I expect Coleridge would've asphyxiated himself laughing at the dancing squirrel.

Freakily, neither the 1807 text nor any link to it can be found on the page. For you old school readers, here's the original.
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