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To Autumn- John Keats
A romantic poet. Brother died of TB, he cared for him and so contracted TB. Beauty of the world shown in the poem reflects how he doesn't want to leave the Earth.
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Living Space- Imtiaz Dharker
Writer grew up in Scotland but was born in Pakistan. She wrote a collection of 5 poems all centred around the theme of identity. She draws on multi-cultural experiences
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London- William Blake
A romantic poet. Poet rejected established religion due to the churches not helping children who were forced to work. Some of the sources the poet draws upon was the French Revolution. t
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Cozy Apologia- Rita Dove
Poem is a tribute to her husband, Fred. It is set against the arrival of Hurricane Floyd, a storm which hit the USA in 1999. The poem is autobiographical
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Sonnet 43- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Victorian poet who wrote a series of Sonnets called 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' from which this one was a part of. Describes her feelings towards a man named Robert.
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Dulce et Decorum Est- Wilfred Owen
Poet died just one week before the armistice in 1918. He was one of the most famous war poets and had first hand experience with being part of a war.
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The Soldier- Rupert Brooke
Poet glorifies war as he died before it really got started. He believes that by fighting for his country, when he dies, England herself will be his grave
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As Imperceptibly as Grief- Emily Dickinson
The poet wrote many poems prior to her death in 1886 however they were mostly published posthumously. She lived in the same family home all her life and witness multiple family deaths which inspired her poems.
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Afternoons- Phillip Larkin
A significant 20th century poet whose work is characterised by detailed observations of everyday life and relationships. He is often described as 'celebrating the ordinary'
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Valentine- Carol Ann Duffy
Born in Glasgow, she moved with her family to Stafford when she was 7, where she was educated. She wrote poetry from an early age, and was first published at the age of 15. Her poetry is often feminist in its themes and approach.
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The Manhunt- Simon Armitage
His poetry demonstrates a strong concern for social issues, as well as drawing on his Yorkshire roots. Armitage is often noted for his "ear" - holding a strong sense of rhythm and metre.
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A Wife in London- Thomas Hardy
The death of his wife Emma in 1912 had a huge impact on Hardy and he wrote many poems about her and his feelings for her. Themes which recur in the poets writings are injustice, love, break ups, disappointment and the unfair treatment of women.
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Death of a Naturalist- Seamus Heaney
The poet was born in County Derry, Northern Ireland in 1939. At the age of 12, he won a scholarship to a Catholic boarding school, and it was there he received news of the death of his young brother. The death would inspire a lot of his later poems
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Hawk Roosting- Ted Hughes
The poet was born in Yorkshire, in the North of England, and grew up in the countryside. After serving in the RAF for two years, he won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Archaeology and Anthropology.
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Mametz Wood- Owen Sheers
The poet was born in 1974. He writes about places and landscapes but is really interested in people who live or have lived within them. The history and identity of Wales has formed a large part of his development as a poet and writer.
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Ozymandias- Percy Bysshe Shelley
The poet (1792-1822) is one of the most famous poets in all of English literature. He was one of a group of poets who became known as The Romantics. Poem was written during a writing competition when statue of Rameses II came to London.
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The Prelude- William Wordsworth
A romantic poet. The poet (1770-1850) is one of the most famous poets in English Literature. He was born in Cockermouth in Cumbria, part of the region commonly known as the Lake District, and his birthplace had a huge influence on his writing.
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She Walks in Beauty- Lord Byron
A romantic poet. The above poem was written in response to seeing his cousin, Lady Wilmot Horton, in a mourning dress at a party of Lady Sitwell's on June 11, 1814. The poem was written by the next morning.
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Living Space- Imtiaz Dharker


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London- William Blake


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Cozy Apologia- Rita Dove


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Sonnet 43- Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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