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English PoetryPoetry was very common in England during the late 1700 s and early 1800 s Poets at this time were thought to be very intelligent and sensitive The poets of this time were called the younger Romanticists The older Romanticists no longer supported radical causes or championed the oppressed The younger Romanticists poets quickly and noisily took up the cry for liberty and justice Reed xxvi Three prime examples of such poets are George Gordon Byron Lord Byron John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley These men were all pushing for liberty appreciation of natural beauty and justice for the oppressed The only sad thing is that only one of the three lived to the age of thirty and he died at the age of thirty-six George Gordon was born on Jan 22 1788 in London At 17 he entered Cambridge University He read much literature but cared little for other subjects The public reacted unfavorably to Byrons often scandalous conduct and in a fit of temper he left England for Italy There he wrote additional cantos for Childe Harold Manfred a verse play and Don Juan a half-romantic half-humorous poetic version of the old Spanish story Byron became interested in Greeces struggle to free itself from Turkish rule and he went to Greece to help organize the revolt He died of a fever at Missolonghi now Mesolongion on April 19 1824 at the age of thirty-six Byron influenced the youth of his day more than any other Romanticist Byronism was a mood adopted by thousands of young men Frye 619-626 John Keats was born in London England on Oct 31 1795 He did not spend his early years close to nature as did many poets but in the city of London There was however born in him an intense love of beauty Keats had no desire to reform the world or to teach a lesson He was content if he could make his readers
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