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Dove Cottage is a house on the edge of Grasmere in the Lake District of England.
It is best known as the home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808, where they spent over eight years of "plain living, but high thinking". During this period, William wrote much of the poetry for which he is remembered today, including his "Ode: Intimations of Immortality", "Ode to Duty", "My Heart Leaps Up" and "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", together with parts of his autobiographical epic, The Prelude.
William Wordsworth married his wife Mary in 1802, and she and her sister joined the Wordsworths at Dove Cottage. The family quickly expanded, with the arrival of three children in four years, and the Wordsworths left Dove Cottage in 1808 to seek larger lodgings. The cottage was then occupied by Thomas de Quincey for a number of years, before being let to a succession of tenants.
The cottage was acquired by the Wordsworth Trust in 1890 and opened to the public as a writer's home museum in 1891.
The house remains largely unchanged from Wordsworth's day.
It receives approximately 70,000 visitors a year.2) William Wordsworth and his wife Dorothy lived here from December 1799 to May 1808.
1) Where is Dove Cottage located?
On the edge of Grasmere in the Lake District
True - False
False: Dorothy was his sister, not his wife
3) Were those years a very productive period for Wordsworth as a poet? Why?
Yes, it was because in those years Wordsworth wrote many of his legendary poems as "Ode to Duty" and "I wandered lonely as a cloud"
4) Who went to live at the Dove Cottage with the Wordsworth family?
5) According to the text, William and Mary had four children. True-False
False: they had 3 children in four years
6) For what reason did the Wordsworth leave the cottage in 1808?
They needed a bigger house - They were seeking larger lodges
7) Did Thomas de Quincey live at Dove Cottage?
Yes, he did
8) Who acquired Dove Cottage in 1890?
The Cottage was acquired by the Wordsworth Trust
9) Today the house is very different from Wordsworth's day. True - False
False. The house remains largely unchanged from Wordsworth's day
10) What was the cottage transformed into?
It was transformed into Wordsworth's home museum