Died this day in 1843, Robert Southey.
The world is full of trivial coincidences.
Robert Southey (/ˈsaʊði/ or /ˈsʌði/;[a] 12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843) was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the Lake Poets along with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and England’s Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 until his death in 1843. Although his fame has been eclipsed by that of Wordsworth and Coleridge, his verse still enjoys some popularity. The English word “zombie“, from the Haitian French “zombi”, is purported to have first been recorded by Southey in his 1819 essay History of Brazil.[my emphasis] from that infallible source.
Sounds like an interesting character, and the name is certainly familiar, but I have little time to do any researches within my own library.
- The Inchcape Rock
- My Days Among the Dead Are Past (I am not a critic, but I liked that.)
- Lincoln’s Springfield Speech (Cannot quickly find it. Sorry.)