19th century was a phase when literature was completely dominated by the British writers. It was a period of brilliance as world renowned British writers, authors, poets and litterateurs made their way into the world of writing. With their pen, they weaved almost magic on paper. Some of the greatest and best known British poets have their roots well laid in the 19th century. Interestingly, the era also witnessed the growing importance of women in poetry. Be it Emily Bronte or Elizabeth Browning, Emily Dickinson or Amy Lowell, British women of the period showed the world how well a woman could perform when given a chance. Many other poets started a revolution including John Clare, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rudyard Kipling, John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Percy Shelley. They brought in new aspects to poetry writing and challenged the preconceived notions. And leading the British poetry brigade from the front were two of the world’s most illustrious and eminent poets of all times William Wordsworth and Lord Tennyson. While William Wordsworth helped launch the Age of Romanticism in English literature, Tennyson was Poet laureate during Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets of that time. With this section, get a brief update about some of the most famous British poets of the 19th century.
J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien
03 January 1892
Writer
Aleister CrowleyAleister Crowley
12 October 1875
Occultist

Lord ByronLord Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician

Rudyard KiplingRudyard Kipling
30 December 1865
Author & Poet

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Charlotte BronteCharlotte Bronte
21 April 1816
Novelist
Emily BrontëEmily Brontë
30 July 1818
Novelist

Thomas HardyThomas Hardy
02 June 1840
Novelist & Poet

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist
George EliotGeorge Eliot
22 November 1819
Author and Novelist

Alfred Lord TennysonAlfred Lord Tennyson
05 August 1809
Poet
Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772
Poet

William Morris William Morris
24 March 1834
Textile Designer, Poet

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne
18 January 1882
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Robert BrowningRobert Browning
07 May 1812
Poet & Playwright
Wilfred OwenWilfred Owen
18 March 1893
Poet

Dante Gabriel RossettiDante Gabriel Rossetti
12 May 1828
Poet

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870
Poet

Siegfried SassoonSiegfried Sassoon
08 September 1886
 
Matthew ArnoldMatthew Arnold
24 December 1822
Poet

Robert GravesRobert Graves
24 July 1895
Poet & Novelist
Christina RossettiChristina Rossetti
05 December 1830
Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter

Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke
03 August 1887
Poet

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
A. E. HousmanA. E. Housman
26 March 1859
Poet

Robert W. ServiceRobert W. Service
16 January 1874
Poet & Writer
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808
Author

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880
Poet

A.C BensonA. C. Benson
24 April 1862
English essayist
Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

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Alfred, Lord TennysonAlfred, Lord Tennyson
06 August 1809
Poet
Vita Sackville-WestVita Sackville-West
09 March 1892
Writer

Thomas Babington MacaulayThomas Babington Macaulay
25 October 1800
Historian

Samuel PalmerSamuel Palmer
27 January 1805
Painter, Poet

Gerard Manley HopkinsGerard Manley Hopkins
28 July 1844
Poet, Writer
George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald
10 December 1824
Writer, Minister, Poet, Novelist, Cleric
Branwell BrontëBranwell Brontë
26 June 1817
Painter, Poet, Writer

Elizabeth SiddalElizabeth Siddal
25 July 1829
Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model

E. NesbitE. Nesbit
15 August 1858
Author

Ford Madox FordFord Madox Ford
17 December 1873
Novelist
Algernon Charles SwinburneAlgernon Charles Swinburne
05 April 1837
Poet, Writer

Constantine P. CavafyConstantine P. Cavafy
29 April 1863
Poet, Writer, Civil servant, Journalist

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist

Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University

Edward ThomasEdward Thomas
03 March 1878
Poet
John MasefieldJohn Masefield
01 June 1878
Poet

W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836
Dramatist
Edward CarpenterEdward Carpenter
29 August 1844
Poet, Philosopher, Writer

Radclyffe HallRadclyffe Hall
12 August 1880
Poet

Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
01 April 1810
Chess Master
Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of LyttonRobert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
08 November 1831
Diplomat

Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771
Author
George MeredithGeorge Meredith
12 February 1828
Novelist

Edward FitzGeraldEdward FitzGerald
31 March 1809
Poet, Writer

Eleanor FarjeonEleanor Farjeon
13 February 1881
Writer

Renée VivienRenée Vivien
11 June 1877
Poet

Sylvia Townsend WarnerSylvia Townsend Warner
06 December 1893
Novelist
Susanna MoodieSusanna Moodie
06 December 1803
Author

Evelyn UnderhillEvelyn Underhill
06 December 1875
Writer

Henry NewboltHenry Newbolt
06 June 1862
Poet

Robert BridgesRobert Bridges
23 October 1844
Poet
Ernest DowsonErnest Dowson
02 August 1867
Poet

Mina LoyMina Loy
27 December 1882
Poet
Francis ThompsonFrancis Thompson
18 December 1859
Poet

Arnold BaxArnold Bax
08 November 1883
Composer

Sacheverell SitwellSacheverell Sitwell
15 November 1897
Writer
Felicia HemansFelicia Hemans
25 September 1793
Poet

John Addington SymondsJohn Addington Symonds
05 October 1840
Poet
John Cowper PowysJohn Cowper Powys
08 October 1872
Philosopher

Harriette WilsonHarriette Wilson
02 February 1786
Author

Richard JefferiesRichard Jefferies
06 November 1848
Author
Mary LambMary Lamb
03 December 1764
Author

Charlotte SmithCharlotte Smith
04 May 1749
Writer
Anna Letitia BarbauldAnna Letitia Barbauld
20 June 1743
Poet

Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785
Novelist

Arthur Quiller-CouchArthur Quiller-Couch
21 November 1863
Writer

Richard AldingtonRichard Aldington
08 July 1892
Writer
Arthur WaleyArthur Waley
19 August 1889
Translator
Ivor GurneyIvor Gurney
28 August 1890
Poet, Composer, Author, Writer

Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775
Author

Arthur Hugh CloughArthur Hugh Clough
01 January 1819
Poet

Isaac RosenbergIsaac Rosenberg
25 November 1890
Poet
Letitia Elizabeth LandonLetitia Elizabeth Landon
14 August 1802
Poet

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856
Writer

Lionel JohnsonLionel Johnson
15 March 1867
Poet

Arthur HallamArthur Hallam
01 February 1811
Poet

Laurence BinyonLaurence Binyon
10 August 1869
Librarian, Art historian, Author, University
Wilfrid Scawen BluntWilfrid Scawen Blunt
17 August 1840
Poet

John KebleJohn Keble
25 April 1792
Poet
Hall CaineHall Caine
14 May 1853
Novelist

Micheál MacLiammóirMicheál MacLiammóir
25 October 1899
Actor
Mary WebbMary Webb
25 March 1881
Novelist
T.E. HulmeT.E. Hulme
16 September 1883
Critic