Who is Thomas Chatterton

Thomas Chatterton (20 November 1752 – 23 August 1770) was an English poet whose precocious talents ended in suicide at age 17. He became a heroic tragic figure in Romantic art.

Although fatherless and raised in poverty, he 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 poisoned himself in despair. His unusual life and death att...
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Thomas Chatterton Poems

  • 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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  • Surgeonwriter: thomas chatterton williams on 'unlearning race' books literature
  • Beingintegrity: "his father is african american and his daughter is blond and blue-eyed. this led the publicist thomas chatterton williams to question his own identity. a conversation about identity politics, color blindness and why leftists also represent racist ideas."
  • Cutterstreeby: george rawlins chatterton meets rimbaud this poem is from the forthcoming book cheapside afterlife (april 2021, longleaf press at methodist university). the book reimagines in 57 sonnets the life of the 18th-century poet thomas
  • Mikerburch: intriguingly, the name chatterton appears on my english grandmother's birth certificate. on the page below i have translated/interpreted some of chatterton's rowley poems and proved that he cannot be accused of fraud.
  • Surgeonwriter: thomas chatterton williams on 'unlearning race' books literature
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