Richard Lovelace's Life (1618–1657) A biography of Richard Lovelace, a metaphysical poet and Cavalier of the seventeenth century. Richard Lovelace was born in 1618 at Woolwich, Kent, into an ancient and affluent Kentish family. He was the eldest son of Sir William Lovelace, a Low Country soldier who was slain in combat in 1627. Lady Joan Lovelace was a daughter of Sir Edward Seymour, brother to Queen Jane Seymour. She died when Richard was only nine years old. He was raised by his father's cousin, Sir John Byron, after whom he named his most important work. The young Lovelace attended Cambridge University but left without taking a degree. In 1639, at age 22, he married Anne Wharton, the daughter of a wealthy London merchant. The couple had three children.
After marrying Lady Joan Byron in 1640, Richard Lovelace became involved with the English Civil War. He fought for King Charles I and was given many responsibilities including that of lieutenant general. When Lord Byron was killed in action in 1627, Richard succeeded to the title and it is this honor that gives rise to some confusion as to his birth date. Some sources state that he was born on December 25, 1618, while others claim he was born on January 23, 1619. It does not matter which date you believe because both are correct. What is important is that he was born before James I came to the throne and after Charles I did, thus making him an adult at the time of his death in 1657.
Wordsworth, William, c. 1840 (c) Wordsworth was one of the most prominent Romantic writers in England. William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, on April 7, 1770. His father was an attorney. Wordsworth's parents both died before he was 15, leaving him and his four siblings in the care of various relatives. He attended school in Cumberland and London, and then studied law at Cambridge University for two years. But he never practiced law and instead spent much of his time walking in the countryside near Cambridge. It was during these walks that he came up with many of the poems that would make him famous. In 1795, he married Mary Hutchinson; they had three children.
After marrying Mary Hutchinson, he retired to a small cottage near Grasmere in Westmorland where he could focus on his writing. There, he became friends with other important poets of the time, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. Their friendship inspired them to write many poems about nature that have been called "the greatest love poem of all time" by some critics. In 1802, Wordsworth published The Lyrical Ballads, which included poems by himself as well as others. The book was an immediate success and started a fashion for all things literary known as "The Romantic Movement".
In 1803, he moved to Dorsetshire where he bought a house named Alfoxden.
Lovejoy, full name Elijah Parish Lovejoy, was an American newspaper editor and martyred abolitionist who died in defense of his freedom to print antislavery literature in the time leading up to the American Civil War (1861–65).
Lovejoy was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 20, 1821. His parents were farmers who also published a newspaper called the Beaufort Gazette. When he was only nine years old, his father was killed by a falling tree branch while editing their paper, and Lovejoy took over the publication. He continued to work on the paper with his mother until she died when he was twenty-one years old.
In 1845, at the age of eighteen, Lovejoy moved to Chicago where he worked as a printer for several newspapers including the Chicago Daily Tribune and the Chicago Weekly Advocate. In 1847, he started his own newspaper, the Illinois Free Trader, which opposed slavery. The paper had few readers and little money, but Lovejoy printed what little he could afford and kept publishing it even after slavery was abolished in Illinois in 1848. In 1849, he married Harriet Hernly; they had one son together.
In 1856, Lovejoy went to Europe where he visited many countries including Britain, France, and Germany. Upon his return home, he set up another newspaper, this time called the Alton Observer.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in full Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater, (born August 6, 1809, Somersby, Lincolnshire, England—died October 6, 1892, Aldworth, Surrey), an English poet often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry, was born on August 6, 1809. His father was a prosperous landowner and his mother was Lady Emily Liddell. He had two younger sisters; one died in infancy while the other lived until she was four years old. When he was eight his father was imprisoned for debt and his inheritance was seized. Forced to earn his living, he went to school at Cambridge but left without taking a degree. In 1833 he married Frances Wedgwood, daughter of the famous potter. The couple had three children but were divorced in 1851. In 1852 he married again, this time to Elizabeth Barrington, widow of Sir Charles Barrington, with whom he had another son and daughter. Tennyson's first two marriages ended in divorce, but all his others were happy. He is best known for his poems including "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "Ulysses".
During his lifetime he enjoyed great fame as a poet and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1890. Nowadays he is more widely known as one of the founders of modern journalism through his work as an editor at the London-based magazine the "Quarterly Review".