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Wildly Romantic: The English Romantic Poets: The Mad, the Bad and the Dangerous

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This collective biography of romantic poets Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Coleridge might seem dry at first, but keep reading for tales of sex, drugs and even death. Interspersed are some of the poetic verses that made these poets famous.

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