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Lord George Byron

The life history of Lord George Byron could have fit any number of themes written by Shakespeare, Goethe, or Cervantes. But Lord Byron was not a fictional character. His life was real, Like the fictional Faust, Byron was born into a crumbling culture brimming with hypocrisy and grave injustices. Rumblings of a revolution on France made life among the British Isles uneasy for those of power and position. Lord Byron’s restless spirit knew little peace, suffering as a child, a youth, and then a young adult. He thus turned to writing to express and deal with his painful perceptions. As he grew in maturity and talent, Lord Byron became a voice for freedom, using much of his writing to satirize the corruptions of the day. The force of Byron’s poetry served to cleanse the culture and influence for the better the morals of the time.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth is considered the greatest poet of his age. Upon his death he held the position of of Poet Laureate of England. Though his work was at first rejected and criticized, Wordsworth persevered in his unique poetic syle of magnifying the ordinary and cloaking the common in royal robes of description. Wordsworth’s appearance was not extraordinary except for a high forehead and penetrating eyes that revealed an unusually perceptive personality. His eyes, according to one description, shone with a “light that never was on sea or shore, a light radiating from some far spiritual world.” With this light he was able to discover through careful observation the beauty around him, which he then expressed in the humblest of terms. While beauty had for decades been sacrificed for purely moral content, Wordsworth delighted not only in knowing truth and morality, but in portraying them in beautful language.

Robert Burns

Nature, in her harrowing, ofttimes sows a certain seed fill of thundering restraint, That seed is divine, and encased in mortal soil it receives nourishment, deprivation, or both. In 1759, such a seed was born–Robert Burns of Scotland. Burns was born full of celestial messages, yet without the facilitation or means to easily perform his divine mandate. Notwithstanding his station in life, Burns was to become the greatest poet Scotland ever produced and was loved throughout the entire English world.

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