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Famous Poets & Poetry: 18th Century

The 18th century was filled with many great poets and authors. It was the first time--at least first in a long period--the world started to read poets who weren't royalty or from wealthy families. This brought along more genres and more variety.

The 18th century also saw the birth of the first American poets.

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Francisco Balagtas
Francisco Balagtas
A Famous Filipino poet.
William Blake
William Blake
Known for his creativity.
Robert Burns
Robert Burns
Scotland's favorite son.
Lord (George Noel Gordon) Byron
Lord Byron
A leader of the Romantic movement.
John Clare
John Clare
One of the greatest blue-collar poets.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel T. Coleridge
A founder of the Romantic Movement.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
J. W. Goethe
The greatest modern day German poet.
Thomas Gray
Thomas Gray
"The unlettered muse".
John Keats
John Keats
A great Romantic movement leader.
Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
Famous for his heroic couplets.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of the finest English lyric poets.
Robert Southey
Robert Southey
He wrote the original Goldilocks story.
Phillis Wheatley
Phillis Wheatley
The first African-American poet.
William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
Helped launch the ERomantic Age.