Also known as the Father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer was the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages. He was also the first poet to be buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Chaucer was also famous as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer. He also had an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge - October 21, 1772 - July 25, 1832, was an English poet, who with his friend, William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan.
The Wellcome Library has acquired a gorgeous 15th century manuscript with fold-out illustrations relating to astrology and medicine. Previously unknown to scholars - in fact, it turns out to have been owned by eccentric English poet Edith Sitwell. booksnbuildings.tumblr.com
William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He enjoyed the Royal patronage of Elizabeth I. Painting now purported to be of Master William Shakespeare, known as the 'Cobbe portrait'.