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William Blake - National Portrait Gallery, London

William Blake

Blake's radical views and individual artistic style were overlooked during his lifetime but his work is now much admired and seen as vehement criticism of industrialisation.

Lord Byron

Bawdy and brash, but was Byron all talk and no poetry?

John Clare

The Peasant Poet, an undeclared voice of the people?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A great thinker who struggled with his personal demons.

John Keats

He died tragically young but his poetry lives on.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

A radical who caused scandal with his views.

William Wordsworth

He helped create a movement with a new poetic voice.

 

Images: National Portrait Gallery, London

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