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The Study Of Literature
English Literature Of The 19th Century:
 John Richard Green

 Alexander William Kinglake

 Poets Of The Later Victorian Period

 William Morris

 Algernon Charles Swinburne

 Sir Edwin Arnold

 William Watson

 Alfred Austin

 Herbert Spencer

 Henry Drummond

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Alfred Austin

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

When it was announced in 1895 that the poet laureate-ship left vacant since the death of Lord Tennyson had been bestowed by Lord Salisbury on Alfred Austin, most Americans were astonished; they did not know the man, had never heard of his poetry. Yet Austin was then sixty years old, and had been active in literature for many years. He was born near Leeds in 1835, of Roman Catholic parents. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and St. Mary's, Oscott. His early poems were satires, among which "The Golden Age" had the most success. After-ward came dramatic, lyric, and narrative poems, fairly good but not striking, the best being "The Human Tragedy," "Rome or Death" (1873), and "Savonarola" (1881). The laureate's later poems have had no striking merit. He is simply a respectable minor poet, with strong patriotic feeling, which is well shown in "England's Darling," a eulogy of Alfred the Great. His fondness for quiet country scenes appears in many poems, as "The Garden I Love."

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