Tag Archives: Romantics

Was William Blake Overworked and Underpaid?

On this date in 1823, William Blake agrees to engrave the Inventions to the Book of Job. He’s paid a whopping £5. Despite this, the engravings are widely considered to be masterpieces of Blake’s engraving skill.

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Byron’s Bestseller Bows on This Date

Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair sells 10,000 copies on this, the date of its publication, in 1814. You can read it here: http://archive.org/stream/corsairtale00byrorich/corsairtale00byrorich_djvu.txt

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When Johnny Came Walking Home

On this date in 1818, John Keats returned home after a walking tour of Scotland. During the tour, he began to show signs of tuberculosis, the disease that claimed his life. When he began coughing up blood in early 1820, … Continue reading

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Wordsworth First Sees Tintern Abbey on This Date

On this date in 1798, William Wordsworth first sees Tintern Abbey.  

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Splendour in the Grass

On this date in 1802, William Wordsworth began writing “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” The poem includes this beautiful passage: Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the … Continue reading

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Percy Bysshe Shelley “Sent Down” on This Date

On this date in 1811, British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford University for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

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“Here Lies One Whose Name Was Writ in Water”

British poet John Keats died at age 25 on this date in 1821 in a small room near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Keats went to Rome hoping the warm air would ease his suffering, which was caused by tuberculosis. … Continue reading

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William Blake Born on This Date

British poet William Blake born this day in 1757. Blake began his career as an engraver. Largely unknown during his lifetime, he is now seen as a central figure in the Romantic movement. Many of his works, including Songs of … Continue reading

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“Mother” of Science Fiction Born on This Date

Mary Shelley was born on this date in 1797. She has one of the most famous pedigrees in literary history. She was the daughter of philosopher /writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft and the wife of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe … Continue reading

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Percy Bysshe Shelley Died on This Date

Less than a month before his 30th birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley drowns on this date in 1822. His body is burned in a funeral pyre. However, his heart would not burn, and his wife, Mary Godwin Shelley, kept it as … Continue reading

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