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Southey, Robert

Born: 12-8-1774 at Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Died: 21-3-1843

Summary of Biography

An English poet of the Romantic school, and one of the so-called "Lake Poets". Although Southey’s fame tends to be eclipsed by that of his contemporaries such as William Wordsworth, his verse enjoys enduring popularity. He was also appointed as a Poet Laureate.

Biography

An English poet of the Romantic school, and one of the so-called "Lake Poets". Although his fame tends to be eclipsed by that of his contemporaries such as William Wordsworth, Southey's verse enjoys enduring popularity. He was born in Bristol and educated at Westminster School (from which he was expelled) and Balliol College, Oxford. After experimenting with a writing partnership with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he published his first collection of poems in 1794. Southey's wife, Edith, was the sister of Coleridge's wife. The Southeys set up home in the Lake District, living on a tiny income. From 1809, he contributed to the Quarterly Review, and had become so well-known by 1813 that he was appointed Poet Laureate.

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