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Robert Southey was a Romantic poet, one of the 'Lake Poets' with Wordsworth and Coleridge. In addition to epics, ballads, and other verse, he penned several plays and contributed regularly to the Tory Quarterly Review. His prose works, for which he was celebrated during his lifetime, were primarily historical, ecclesiastical,and biographical, in addition to travel writing. He also produced translations (from French and Spanish), editions, and anthologies. He enjoyed an excellent reputation in his day, and for his last thirty years of life served as Poet Laureate.
12 August 1774 RS, poet, was born in Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.
1801 RS published his narrative poem Thalaba the Destroyer, a metrical romance in two volumes. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late February 1831 In the same year as his anthology of early poetry, RS published Attempts in Verse by John Jones, an old Servant, with an important introduction discussing other uneducated (that is, plebeian), poets. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 March 1843 RS, Poet Laureate, died at Greta Hall, Keswick, Cumberland, after a long decline; he had married Caroline Bowles (a long-time correspondent) four years earlier. Bibliographic Citation link.
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