Posted on April 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Poet William Wordsworth was born 250 years ago this month, but the coronavirus pandemic has canceled the large celebrations that descendants and fans had planned.

But just like participants in other events big and small, the organizers of Wordsworth festivities have adapted and rearranged to fit the times.

For them, that means launching the project dubbed Wordsworth 250, a collection of recordings (some audio only, others with visuals) of people reading Wordsworth poetry.

Celebrities like Stephen Fry and William H. Macy have participated, along with many of Wordsworth’s fifty living descendants and everyday people who simply love his poetry.

You can read more about how Wordsworth 250 grew in the Guardian or check out the recordings — over 100, with a goal of, obviously, 250 — on the Wordsworth 250 website.

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