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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889), was born on this day in 1844, in Stratford, Essex, he was an English poet and Jesuit priest. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Victorian era, however, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not acceptedContinue reading “Gerard Manley Hopkins”

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin on July 26th, his education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organised training. He moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic and became a prominent member of the Fabian Society, for which heContinue reading “George Bernard Shaw”

Robert Graves

On this day, July 24, 1895, poet Robert Graves (1895-1985) was born in Wimbledon, near London. One of ten children, Robert was influenced by his mother’s puritanical beliefs and his father’s love of Celtic poetry and myth. As a young man, he was more interested in boxing and mountain climbing than studying, although poetry laterContinue reading “Robert Graves”

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