EN 2643 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Aeschylus, Aurora Leigh

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Wealthy - father owned jamaican sugar cane plantation. By age 8: read shakespeare, homer"s translation, & england/rome histories. Age 12: wrote rst poem - epic poem in rhyming couplets. 1821 age 15: opium for nervous disorder. Learned greek, latin & hebrew - enough to read the old testament. Rousseau: read this - started the democratic revolution. 1832 age 26: father"s business fails - sell estate & move to sidmouth, devonshire. 1833 age 27: publishes prometheus bound" translation from greek aeschylus but was ignored (punished by gods for stealing re) 1835 age 29: family moves to gloucester place. 1837 age 31: family moves to 50 wimpole street - mental state mellows. Publishes rst book seraphim and other poems" - under her name - Starts writing letters with wordsworth, carlyle, & edgar allen poe. Moves to torquay, england (resort town) - lives with brother edward (very attached) 1840 age 34: edward drowns - devastated & writes poem de profundis", queen.

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