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Jane Austin

Who Was Jane Austin?

12th August 2015 / 0 comments, on Women Poets

It still seems paradoxical that the outstanding English novelist of the turbulent Romantic age should be the decorous, unmarried daughter of a Hampshire clergyman. Jane Austen cheerfully announced that ‘three or four families in a Country Village is the very thing to work on, and modestly declared that her books were ladylike miniatures, ‘the little […]

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Lord Byron

Lord Byron

12th August 2015 / 0 comments, on Romantic Poets

With Lord Byron, English Romanticism developed into an international style. A charismatic figure of devastating charm and vanity, Byron became the beau ideal of the Romantic writer while pretending to do nothing so unspeakably vulgar. His poems were effortless best-sellers, his letters are among the finest and funniest in the language, and his stormy private […]

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John Keats The Romanticist

John Keats The Romanticist

10th August 2015 / 0 comments, on Romantic Poets

Though he became the epitome of the young, beautiful, doomed poet of late English Romanticism, Keats struck everyone who knew him with his tremendous energy, his robust good humour and his zest for living. The son of a stables manager from the East End of London, he was built rather like a flyweight boxer: short, […]

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