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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Poets Laureate,
 
appointed by letters patent.   1
Appointed.Buried.
BEN JONSON1615–6Westminster Abbey.
SIR WM. DAVENANT (!)1638Westminster Abbey.
JOHN DRYDEN1670Westminster Abbey.
THOMAS SHADWELL (!)1688
NAHUM TATE (!)1692
NICHOLAS ROWE*1715Westminster Abbey.
LAWRENCE EUSDEN (!)1718
COLLEY CIBBER*1730
WILLIAM WHITEHEAD (!)1757
THOMAS WARTON*1785
HENRY JAMES PYE (!)1790
ROBERT SOUTHEY1813
WM. WORDSWORTH1843
ALFRED TENNYSON (Lord)1850Westminster Abbey.
        The following are sometimes included, though not appointed by letters patent:—Chaucer, Gower, John Key, Bernard, Skelton, Rob. Whittington, Richard Edwards, Spenser, and Sam. Daniel.
        (!) Five of the fourteen known only by their names. *Three others quite third-rate poets. The remaining five were distinguished men.
   A poet laureate is one who has received a laurel crown. There were at one time “doctors laureate,” “bachelors laureate,” etc.   2
 


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