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A. L. Rowse

A. L. Rowse  

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(1903–97),poet, biographer, and Tudor historian. Cornwall forms the setting for many of his poems and works of history and autobiography, including A Cornish Childhood (1942). He has published ...
Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope  

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(1688–1744).English poet and garden-designer. He laid out his own important garden at Twickenham, Mddx., which exemplified principles of light and shade, grouping and perspective, and contained a ...
Charles Causley

Charles Causley  

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(1917–2003)Poet, born in Launceston, Cornwall, where he was educated and where, after six wartime years in the Royal Navy, he became a teacher. He spent the rest of his ...
Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton  

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(1630–87),wrote the dialogue between Piscator and Viator which forms the second part in the fifth edition of The Compleat Angler (1676). He also published Scarronides (1664), a burlesque of Virgil, ...
James Thomson

James Thomson  

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(1700–48),born at Ednam on the Scottish border, came to London in 1725, and wrote ‘Winter’, the first of The Seasons, which appeared successively in 1726–30. He made the acquaintance of Arbuthnot, ...
John Betjeman

John Betjeman  

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(1906–1984)British poet and author. He was knighted in 1969 and appointed poet laureate in 1972. Among many other honours he was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry (1960).After a somewhat lonely ...
John Denham

John Denham  

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(1615–69),born in Dublin, is chiefly known for his topographical poem Cooper's Hill (piratically published 1642), an early and influential example of what was to become a very popular genre. It ...
John Dyer

John Dyer  

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(1699–1758),poet: b. Llanfynydd; educ. London (Westminster School); lives in Llangathen; rector of Coningsby 1752–8; buried in Coningsby. Grongar Hill 1726, The Fleece 1757.
Lewesdon Hill

Lewesdon Hill  

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A topographical poem by William Crowe (1745–1829), published 1788, in the style of James Thomson.
Michael Drayton

Michael Drayton  

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(1563–1631),of whose personal life little is known. He died in comparative poverty, but was buried in Westminster Abbey.He was an extremely prolific writer, producing historical, topographical, and ...
Norman McCaig

Norman McCaig  

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(1910–96),Scottish poet. His first volume of poetry, Far Cry (1943), was followed by many others which include Measures (1965), Rings on a Tree (1968), and A Man in My Position (1969). His Selected ...
Norman Nicholson

Norman Nicholson  

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(1914–87),poet, born in the working‐class iron town of Millom, Cumberland, where he lived most of his life, and which became the theme and setting of most of his work. He evokes its buildings, its ...
Richard Jago

Richard Jago  

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(1715–81)Poet and clergyman, educated with William Shenstone (a friend whose letters he later edited) at Solihull School and at University College, Oxford. In 1767 he published Edge‐Hill, a ...
Samuel Garth

Samuel Garth  

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(1661–1719),a physician, free‐thinker, and member of the Kit‐Cat Club, is remembered as the author of The Dispensary (1699), a burlesque poem in which he ridiculed the opposition of apothecaries to ...
Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes  

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1930–1998)British poet. He was appointed poet laureate in 1984 and admitted to the OM in 1998.Hughes was born in Yorkshire and took his degree at Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1956 he married the ...
Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy  

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(1840–1928),born at Upper Bockhampton, near Dorchester in Dorset, son of a stonemason. At the age of 16 he was articled to a local architect and when he was 22 he went to London to continue his ...
Traveller

Traveller  

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orA topographical poem by Oliver Goldsmith, published 1764. It is dedicated and addressed to Goldsmith's brother, a clergyman, whose stable country existence is presented as a contrast to the ...
William Diaper

William Diaper  

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(1685–1717),poet, born in Somerset, wrote Nereides: or, Sea‐Eclogues (1712), in which the speakers are mermen and mermaids and the landscapes subaqueous. He also wrote Dryades (1712) and a ...
Windsor Forest

Windsor Forest  

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A topographical poem by Pope in the genre of Cooper's Hill by Denham, published 1713, to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht; it combines description of landscape with historical, literary, and political ...

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