Robert Southey

  • Brian Martin
Part of the Macmillan Anthologies of English Literature book series (AEL)


Southey, Poet Laureate from 1813 to 1843, was very much like his successor to the Laureateship, William Wordsworth, in one respect: he started off sympathetic to radical, revolutionary policies, and finished as a diehard conservative. Early on he was expelled from Westminster School for instigating a magazine called The Flagellant. He proceeded to Balliol College, a devotee of Rousseau and an admirer of Goethe’s romantic hero, Werther.


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