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William Blake (1757-1827) was a precursor of Romanticism. He is one of the most original English poets as well as a pictorial artist, and he was able to combine both talents in his Songs of Innocence. Blake wrote highly personal poetry, in which he expressed his ideas that mankind can only be fulfilled through the senses and the imagination.
William Wordsworth (1770-1885) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) were part of a group known as the
The second generation of Romantic poets included Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and John Keats. Lord Byron (1788-1824) was famous not only as a writer but also as a romantic character, with a life full of excess (huge debts, love affairs, exile, died fighting for the Greeks against the