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Robert Southey

(1774 - 1843 / Bristol / England)

Robert Southey
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Robert Southey was expelled from Westminster School for criticising the practice of flogging in the school magazine. This incident helped to fire his youthful revolutionary ideals, which found expression a few years later in his first long poem Joan of Arc (1796). He went to Balliol College, Oxford, but failed to gain a degree; his attention was taken up by a new friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and his ideas about 'pantisocracy', a scheme to set up a utopian community in America. Southey and Coleridge married two sisters, Edith and Sara Fricker. Though there was some ill-feeling over the abandonment of pantisocracy, the two men remained friends.

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  • ''They have whetted their teeth against the stones,
    And now they pick the Bishop's bones;
    They gnawed the flesh from every limb,
    For they were sent to do judgement on him!''
    Robert Southey (1774-1843), British poet, critic. God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop (l. 73-76). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie...
  • ''Then when he saw it could hold no more,
    Bishop Hatto, he made fast the door;
    And while for mercy on Christ they call,
    He set fire to the barn and burnt them all.''
    Robert Southey (1774-1843), British poet, critic. God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie...
  • And everybody praised the Duke
    Who such a fight did win.—
    But what good came of it at last?
    Quoth little Peterkin.—
    Why that I cannot tell, said he,
    But 't...
    Robert Southey (1774-1843), British poet, critic. The Battle of Blenheim (l. 61-66). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. Joh...
  • ''When the rock was hid by the surges' swell,
    The mariners heard the warning bell,
    And then they knew the perilous rock,
    And bless'd the Abbot of Aberbrothok.''
    Robert Southey (1774-1843), British poet. The Inchcape Rock (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1...
  • ''One dreadful sound could the Rover hear,
    A sound as if, with the Inchcape Bell,
    The Devil below was ringing his knell.''
    Robert Southey (1774-1843), British poet, critic. The Inchcape Rock (l. 74-76). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie,...
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