Background Of Poets In Power And Conflict Anthology English Homework Assignment

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Percy Bysshe Shelley
· Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4, 1792, in Sussex, England. He attended Eton College for six years beginning in 1804, and then went on to Oxford University.
· Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg wrote a pamphlet called “The Necessity of Atheism” which got him expelled from Oxford.
· He was married to Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein. On July 8, 1822, shortly before his thirtieth birthday, Shelley was drowned in a storm
William Blake
· William Blake born on November 28th, 1757 in London, England, William Blake began writing at an early age and claimed to have had his first vision, of a tree full of angels, at age 10.
· At an early age, Blake began experiencing visions, and his friend and journalist Henry Crabb Robinson wrote that Blake saw God's head appear in a window when Blake was 4 years old. He also allegedly saw the prophet Ezekiel under a tree and had a vision of "a tree filled with angels." Blake's visions would have a lasting effect on his art and writings
· One of the most traumatic events of William Blake's life occurred in 1787, when his brother Robert, died from tuberculosis at age 24. When Robert died, Blake allegedly saw his spirit ascend through the ceiling, joyously; the moment, which greatly influenced his later poetry.
William Wordsworth
· He was born in the Lake District, in April 1770 where he lived most of his life.
· He published his first poem at 17, was educated at Cambridge and spent summer holidays walking in the Alps.
· William Wordsworth died in April 1850 from a disease of the lungs. He is buried in a churchyard in Grasmere and his family home at Dove Cottage is now a museum.
Robert Browning
· Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812, in Camberwell, London.
· Browning began to write verses at the age of 6. His first published work was Pauline: A Fragment of a Confession, issued anonymously in 1833.
· Browning died at his son's home in Venice on Dec. 12, 1889.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
· He was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1809. He was still writing poetry in his 80s when he died in 1892, and is buried in Poets Corner, in Westminster Abbey, London.
· Alfred Lord Tennyson was the Poet Laureate for much of the last half of the 19th century. He is one of the most well-known poets of all time, and one of the most quoted of writers.
· In 1827, Tennyson and his brother published a book of poems. He received a gold medal at university for one of his poems and published his first solo collection of poems in 1830.
Wilfred Owen
· Wilfred Owen was born on 18th March 1893 in Oswestry in Shropshire, England.
· Wilfred Owen enlisted on 21st October 1915, joining the Artists’ Rifles Officers’ Training Corp. He was killed in combat on 4th November 1918 on the banks of the Sambre Canal. World War...

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