Southey, Robert. (1774 - 1843).
W o r k
- once admired for a radical plainness and frankness of style x now criticized for narrative dullness and flatness of expression
> appointed Poet Laureate (1813 - 1843)
D r a m a :
The Fall of Robespierre. An Historic Drama (1794):
- a radical historical play in collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Wat Tyler (1817):
- a republican play written in his short-lived radical phase
P o e t r y :
Joan of Arc (1795):
- a radical pro-revolutionary epic poem
“The Battle of Blenheim” (1798):
- one of the earliest anti-war poems
Thalaba the Destroyer (1801):
- a long oriental verse epic based on a Mohamedan legend
The Curse of Kehama (1810):
- an ambitious long poem based on Hindu mythology
“The Inchcape Rock” (1820):
- a successful ballad poem, once much loved by reciters
A Vision of Judgement (1821):
- a toadying poem on the death of George III
"'And everybody praised the Duke / Who this great fight did win.' / 'But what good came of it at last?' / Quoth little Peterkin. / 'Why, that I cannot tell,' said he, / 'But 'twas a famous victory.'"
From "The Battle of Blenheim" (1798).
(Sketch: Wikimedia Commons).
AuthorRobert Southey. (1774 - 1843). British.
WorkPoet. Playwright. Poet Laureate (1813 - 1843).
GenresRomantic poetry and drama.
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