English poets to know and love.

Chapman

1559 - 1634

George Chapman was an English dramatist and translator. His translations of Homer were praised in a famous sonnet by Keats "On first looking into Chapman's Homer"

Opening lines from Homer’s Odyssey

The man, O Muse, inform, that many a way

The first lines of the Odyssey, translated by George Chapman in a version admired by Keats

Clough

1819-61

Arthur Hugh Clough was an attractive poet who expressed healthy scepticism about the public ethics of the Victorian period and wrote movingly about friendship and the pain of estrangement.

Say not the trouble nought availeth

Say not the trouble nought availeth

Optimism and self-help from this principled poet of the Victorian era

Cowley

1618-1667

Largely forgotten today, Cowley was a very famous English poet in his day and  is buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.

A Vote

This only grant me

Abraham Cowley's country idyll

Thomas Hardy

Hardy

1840-1928

An unflinching chronicler of an unforgiving century in his novels, Hardy's compassion and humanity perhaps show through more clearly in his poems.

Proud songsters

The thrushes sing as the light is going

Hardy shares his sadness and his flair for nature

Pope

1688 - 1744

Alexander Pope, the great Georgian poet and wit, was also a translator of Homer.

Opening lines from Homer’s Iliad

The wrath of Peleus' son, the direful spring

A Georgian wit attempts to render the epic of ancient Greece

Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

Troilus and Cressida, Act III Scene 3

Shakespeare eavesdrops on Odysseus and Achilles

I do believe it, for they pass'd by me

Ulysses suggests that celebrities cannot rest on their laurels.

Tennyson

1809 - 1892

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is a classic example of a relatively modern writer who was strongly influenced by his deep knowledge and love of Latin poetry.

Westbrook

Twentieth (?) century English poet writing in traditional forms.

San Lorenzo

Across the way see San Lorenzo stand

J de S Westbrook on hidden beauties.

Menelaus reflects

The Queen and I meet almost every day

Menelaus takes stock

Westbrook jokes about the novel

Emma Woodhouse was no retiring mouse