Great Britain

Royal Mail issue new stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of poet William Wordsworth

POETIC LICENCE

A SET of special stamps is being issued to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of poet William Wordsworth.

They also celebrate other Romantic bards including Lord Byron, William Blake and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Each of the ten stamps, on sale from Tuesday, includes an extract from one of their most popular works.

Wordsworth was born in 1770 and died in 1850.

His extract is from The Rainbow: “My heart leaps up when I behold. A rainbow in the sky.”

His early work was initially neglected, but in 1843, Queen Victoria made him Poet Laureate.

Royal Mail spokesman Philip Parker said: “The Romantic poets composed some of the most loved poetry of all time.

“Our striking new stamps celebrate the genius of their imaginations.”

Royal Mail worked with the award-winning biographer, Jonathan Bate, on the stamp issue.

The images are lino-cut illustrations by artist Linda Farquharson.

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