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  1. Robert Southey ( 12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843)

  2. He was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets", and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843.

  3. Moreover, Southey was a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, essay writer, historian and biographer.

  4. List of works: • The Fall of Robespierre (1794) • Joan of Arc: An Epic Poem (1796) • Icelandic poetry or The Edda of Sæmund (1797) • Poems (1797–99) • Letters from Spain (1797) • Saint Patrick's Purgatory (1798) • After Blenheim (1798) • Devil's Thoughts (1799)

  5. These lines are written by Robert Southey. He belongs to the Romantic movement. The theme of the poem is all about humanism. • There are many Romantic features in this poem. First, there is emphasis on human equality, for example, “He, the indifferent Judge of all, regards/ Nations, and hues, and dialects alike” (9-10). Second, there are many recurrent references to nature, for example, “whatever clime/ Nature or chance hath cast the seeds of life” (2-3). Third, there is a criticism of the present and evocation of the past, for example, “Children we are all/ Of one great father” (1-2) and “According to their works shall they be judged/…” (11-13).