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Poet biographies

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Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888) was born in Laleham on Thames, sixteen miles west of London, the eldest son of Thomas Arnold, historian and headmaster of Rugby School...

Blake, William (1757-1827) was born at 28 Broad Street, Golden Square, Soho, London, the son of a hosier...

Bronte, Emily (1818-1848) was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, Englan, the daughter of a rector (vicar)...

Burns, Robert (1759-1796) was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of a gardener and tenant farmer...

Byron, Lord George Gordon (1788-1824) was born at Holles Street, London, the son of a Guards Officer....

Carroll, Lewis (1832-1898) was born in the parsonage at Daresby, Cheshire, England, the son of a vicar...

Catullus, (c84BC - c54BC) was born in or near Verona, northern Italy, of a wealthy family of equestrian status...

Chaucer, Geoffrey (c1340-1400) was born in London, possibly in Thames Street, the son of a vintner...

Clare, John (1793-1864) was born in Helpstone, Northamptonshire, England, the son of a farm labourer...

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834) was born in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England, the son of a minister...

Donne, John (1572-1631) was born in Bread Street, London, the son of an ironmonger...

Gray, Thomas (1716-1771) was born at 41 Cornhill, London, the son of a money scrivener...

Greene, Robert (c1558-1592) was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England...

Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928) was born in Higher Brocklehampton, Dorset, England, the son of a builder....

Horace, (65BC-8BC) was born in Venusia in southern Italy, the son of a small farmer...

Keats, John (1795-1821) was born in Moorfields, London, the son of a man employed in a public house...

Lear, Edward (1812-1888) was born in London, the son of a stockbroker....

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (1807-1882) was born in Portland, Maine, USA, the son of a prosperous lawyer...

Martial (c40-c104) was born in Bilbilis in north-eastern Spain...

Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593) was born in Canterbury, Kent, England, the son of a shoemaker...

Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678) was born in Winestead-In-Holderness, in Yorkshire, England, the son of a rector (vicar)...

Milton, John (1608-1674) was born in Bread Street, London, the son of a law scrivener...

Ovid (43BC-18AD) was born in Sulmo, about eighty miles east of Rome...

Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918) was born in Oswestry, near Shrewsbury, England, son of a railway worker...

Pope, Alexander (1688-1744) was born in Lombard Street, London, the son of a linen merchant....

Pound, Ezra (1885-1972) was born in Hailey, Idaho, son of an assayer in the US Mint...

Raleigh, Walter (1553?-1618) was born in Hayes Barton, Devon, son of a country gentleman...

Rossetti, Christina (1830-1894) was born in Charlotte Street, near Regent's Park, London, the daughter of an Italian refugee and freemason who worked as a professor of Italian...

Sappho (c615BC-c550BC) lived on Lesbos...

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, the son of a dealer in wool...

Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822) was born at Field Place, Warnham, near Horsham, West Sussex, England, the son of an Member of Parliament...

Spenser, Edmund (1552-1599) was probably born in East Smithfielf, London, the son of a weaver...

Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745) was born in Dublin, Ireland, the son of a ruined gentleman who left England to find his fortune in Ireland...

Tennyson, Alfred Lord (1809-1892) was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England, the son of a clergyman...

Wordsworth, William (1770-1850) was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland, England, the son of an agent and rent collector...

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