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"I'll prose it here, I'll verse it there,
And picturesque it ev'ry where"

--The Tour of Dr. Syntax: In Search of the Picturesque (1812) by William Combe and Thomas Rowlandson

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Lord Byron, regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential, wrote his most well-known work during this decade. Amongst Byron's works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we'll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan.

Other events in literature:


  • 1818: Old Vic founded (as Royal Coburg Hall).



Year Without a Summer

  • April 5–April 12, 1815 – the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies blows its top explosively during an eruption, killing upwards of 92,000 and propelling thousands of tons of aerosols into the upper atmosphere (stratosphere). The following year (1816) becomes known as "Year Without a Summer", as the high level gases reflect sunlight and cause the widespread cooling (known as a volcanic winter) and heavy rains, snows in June and July in the northern hemisphere, and widespread crop failures.



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