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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