SOME LITERARY FIGURES TO REMEMBER
📗Dante Alighieri (1265–1321): Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, is one of most influential European works of literature. Dante is also called the “Father of the Italian language”.
📗Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 – 1400): considered the Father of English Literature Best known for Canterbury Tales (1475).
📗John Milton (1608 – 1674): English poet Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in blank verse – telling the Biblical story of man’s fall. Also wrote Areopagitica (1644) in defense of free speech.
📗William Blake (1757 –1827): English mystic and romantic poet, wrote Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience Also hand-painted many of his works.
📗William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850): English romantic poet from Lake District, many poems related to natures, such as his Lyrical Ballads Samuel.
📗Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834): English romantic poet. Author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kublai Khan.
📗Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822): English romantic poet Famous works include Queen Mab and Prometheus Unbound.
📗John Keats (1795 – 1821): English Romantic Poet, best known for his Odes, such as Ode to a Nightingale, Ode to Grecian urn, Ode to Melancholy.
📗Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882): American Transcendentalist poet and writer.
📗Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892): Popular Victorian poet, wrote Charge of the Light Brigade, Ulysses, and In Memoriam A.H.H.
📗Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892): American poet Wrote Leaves of Grass, a ground breaking new style of poetry.
📗Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886): American female poet Led secluded lifestyle, and left legacy of many short vivid poems, often on themes of death and immortality.
📗Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941): Indian poet Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature for his work – Gitanjali.
📗Robert Frost (1874 – 1963): Influential American poet, one of most highly regarded of the Twentieth Century. Most famous work ‘The Road Not Taken’ (1916).