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Poet biographies

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Greek and Latin poets

Sappho (c615 BC - c550 BC?) lived on Lesbos..

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

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

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

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

Early English poets

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

 

Elizabethan poets  

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

Walter Raleigh (c1553-1618) was born in Hayes Barton, Devon, son of a country gentleman...

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

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

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

Jacobean poets

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

Poetry of the Commonwealth era

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

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

Poetry of the Georgian era

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

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

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

The Romantic poets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victorian poets

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

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

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

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

Matthew Arnold (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...

Christina Rossetti (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...

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

Edwardian poets

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

Early modern poets

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

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

 

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