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The Fascinating Lives of Poets
"Sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction, and just as interesting. Name the poet from the biographical clues given. Many clues contain allusions to the poets' works, so you need not be a biographer to play!"
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His "Tales" never told the tale of his own strange journey. He was once captured by the French and later ransomed back to the English.
Sir Thomas Mallory
He was something of a Don Juan, although he was born with a deformity. One of his many pilgrimages included a journey to Greece, where he funded and commanded soldiers who resisted the Turkish forces. He loved the Greek people, and his heart-quite literally--remained in Missonlonghi.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
This hunchback taught himself Greek and began writing serious poetry at the age of twelve. In one of those poems, he referred to "this long Disease, my life."
Expelled from college for writing in support of atheism, this poet also had the distinction of driving his wife to drown herself.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This author of the poem "A Farewell to Tobacco" spent most of his life caring for his insane sister, who had stabbed their mother to death.
He couldn't pay the debts he'd incurred from wine, women, and opium. So he joined the army under the pseudonym of Silas Tomkyn Comberbache.
(Last Name Only; consider the initials)
A man named William Wayte once sued to have this author of "Venus and Adonis" bound over to keep the peace, "for fear of death."
This author of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" had a pretty passionate life of his own. He would have been arrested by the Queen's Privy Council, had he not first been killed in a bar room brawl.
Who would have thought an Anglican priest could once have lived such a romantic life? Nevertheless, this poet secretly married the 17 year old niece of Lady Egerton, an act which landed him in jail.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
This poet would have been tried for treason against the United States, but he was found mentally unfit to stand trial.
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