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Fielding Charges Cibber with “Murder”

Writing under the pseudonym Captain Hercules Vinegar, Justice of the Peace Henry Fielding brings poet laureate Colley Cibber to court for murdering the English language. Advertisements

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Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Met on This Date

Writer Sylvia Plath and poet Ted Hughes met at a party on this date in 1956. They married on June 16, 1956.

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“Poetry Is the Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings”

                William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads on this date in 1798. The book of poems signals a radical shift in the formal poetry of the 18th century to a … Continue reading

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson Born on This Date

Alfred, Lord Tennyson born this day in 1809. Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H., his long elegy for his lost friend Arthur Henry Hallam , brings him to the public’s attention. Queen Victoria, famous for her long mourning for her husband Albert, … Continue reading

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Cecil Day Lewis Born on This Date

Cecil Day Lewis born on this date in 1904. Day-Lewis was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He is also the father of acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Wordsworth Born on This Date

British poet William Wordsworth born on this date in 1770. Wordsworth, together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, wrote the poems in Lyrical Ballads (1798), one of the most important works of poetry in the English language. Wordsworth became Poet Laureate in … Continue reading

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