Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Eccentric & Poet

Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Eccentric & Poet

Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Eccentric & Poet

Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Eccentric & Poet

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It was a strange boy with a large flat mouth, closely cropped hair, and highly arched eyebrows which gave him the appearance of being in a perpetual stare, who entered Charterhouse in June, 1817. He had come from Bath Grammar School and was sufficiently advanced to obtain at once a high standing in the fifth form, from which he progressed until he became second boy in the school. But his real reputation was based upon something other than his scholarship: in three years of guerrilla warfare against his juvenile enemies, and of strained truce with good-humoured masters, he had ample time to display his sardonic wit, to employ his vindictive tongue, and to head many a picturesque revolt. Energy and unexpectedness were the basis of his campaigns; he was definitely unreckonable. The only thing certain about him was that if there was trouble afoot he would be found in the midst of it.

Two years after he left Charterhouse and while he was still at Oxford, this boy--Thomas Lovell Beddoes--published a tragedy in the Elizabethan manner which cap-

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