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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF THE

POETS.

BORN.

DIED.

ROBERT OF GLOUCESTER,
ROBERT DE BRUNNE,
JOHN GOWER,
GEOFFREY CHAUCER,
JOHN LYDGATE,
JOHN SKELTON,
SURREY, HENRY HOWARD,
GEORGE GASCOIGNE,
SIR WALTER RALEIGH,
EDMUND SPENSER,
SIR PHILIP SIDNEY,
SIR JOHN HARRINGTON,
SAMUEL DANIEL,
CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE,
JOSHUA SYLVESTER,
MICHAEL DRAYTON,
WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE,
BEN JONSON,
JOHN FLETCHER,
THOMAS CAREW,
FRANCIS BEAUMONT,
EDMUND WALLER,
JOHN MILTON,
SIR JOHN SUCKLING;
RICHARD CRASHAW,
SIR JOHN DENHAM,
ABRAHAM COWLEY.
JOHN DRYDEN,
JOHN ARMSTONG,
JONATHAN SWIFT,
AMBROSE PHILLIPS,
EDWARD YOUNG,
ALEXANDER POPE,

1230 1270 1325

1402 1328 1400 1375 1462 1463

1529 1520 1547 1540 1578 1552 1618 1553 1598-9 1554 1586 1561 1612 1562 1619 1569 1592 1563 1618 1563

1618 1564 1616 1574 1637 1576 1625 1577 1634 1585 1628 1605 1687 1608 1674 1608-9 1641 1615 1650 1615

1668 1618 1667 1631 1701 1709 1779 1667 1745 1671 1749 1681 1765 1688 1744

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1747 1748 1763 1771 1756 1770 1771 1769

ROBERT BLAIR,
JAMES THOMSON,
WILLIAM SHENSTONE,
THOMAS GRAY,
WILLIAM COLLINS,
MARK AKENSIDE,
TOBIAS SMOLLETT,
WILLIAM FALCONER,
OLIVER GOLDSMITH,
CHARLES CHURCHILL,
WILLIAM COWPER,
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH,
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE,
SIR WALTER SCOTT,
LORD BYRON,
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY,
JOHN KEATS,
THOMAS CAMPBELL,

1699
1700
1714
1716
1720
1721
1721
1730
1731
1731
1731
1771
1773
1771
1788
1792
1796
1777

1774 1764 1800 0000 1814 1832 1824 1822 1821 1844

SAXON WRITERS.

672

ST. ALDHELM,
BEDE, THE VENER
FLACCUS ALBINUS ALCUIN,
ALFRED, THE GREAT,

709 735 804 900-1

734 849

PRO EM.

LANGUAGE is of slow growth, and taste in literature and the fine arts comes to maturity only when society attains a high state of civilization and refinement. The germs of thought are sought out after we have beheld its full development: after we have seen the beauty of the rose, and felt its magic power, we delight to analyze its minute organization.

The state of civilization and refinement which our nation has already attained, naturally excites curiosity, and turns our attention to the past, leading us to reflect upon those hidden causes, the effects of which have displayed themselves around us with so much beauty and power.

Our forests have been felled, our wars fought, and our Government established : but these events do not contain the causes of our prosperity ; they are the sensible effects of secret, yet mighty powers, which have renovated the human mind, and transformed the institutions of society. The spectacle which we behold was not wrought out by a single impulse, nor by the succession of any number of fortuitous events. It is

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