Who is Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton (20 November 1752 – 24 August 1770) was an English poet whose precocious talents ended in suicide at age 17. He was an influence on Romantic artists of the period such as Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Although fatherless and raised in poverty, Chatterton was an exceptionally studious child, publishing mature work by the age of 11. He was able to pass off his work as that of an imaginary 15th-century poet called Thomas Rowley, chiefly because few people at the time were familiar with medieval poetry, though he was denounced by Horace Walpole.

At 17, he sought outlets for his political writings in London, having impressed the Lord Mayor, William Beckford, and the radical leader John Wilkes, but his earnings were not enough to keep him, and he...
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  • Goddwyn; A Tragedie
    PERSONS REPRESENTED.
    HAROLDE, bie T. Rowleie, the Aucthoure.
    GODDWYN, bie Johan de Iscamme.
    ELWARDE, bie Syrr Thybbot Gorges. ...
  • Chatterton's Will
    Burgum, I thank thee, thou hast let me see
    That Bristol has impress'd her stamp on thee,
    Thy generous spirit emulates the Mayor's,
    Thy generous spirit with thy Bristol's pairs. ...
  • à?lla, A Tragical Interlude - Act I
    SCENE I.
    CELMONDE, att BRYSTOWE.
    Before yonne roddie sonne has droove hys wayne
    Throwe halfe hys joornie, dyghte yn gites of goulde, ...
  • Eclogue The Third
    Wouldst thou kenn Nature in her better parte?
    Goe, serche the logges and bordels of the hynde ;
    Gyfe theye have anie, itte ys roughe-made arte,
    Inne hem you see the blakied forme of kynde . ...
  • The Death Of Nicou
    On Tiber's banks, Tiber, whose waters glide
    In slow meanders down to Gaigra's side;
    And circling all the horrid mountain round,
    Rushes impetuous to the deep profound; ...
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Face 17 I Love You 16 Love 16 True 15 Heaven 14 Sky 13 Good 12 Tree 12 Place 12 Death 12


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Thefermiparadox: the people who don’t read books “immediately disregard anyone in the business of selling a vision who proudly proclaims they hate reading.” - by thomas chatterton williams
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Maiya60y: the complete poetical works of thomas chatterton: volumes i & ii qfv8nny
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The dews drop slowly and dreams gather: unknown spears
Suddenly hurtle before my dream-awakened eyes,
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Being weary of the world's empires, bow down to you.
Master of the still stars and of the flaming door.
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