poetry and poets before Dickens

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Dickens had an appreciation of the work of Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Swift, Cowper, Gray, and Goldsmith, as well as the more recent productions of Wordsworth, Southey, Byron, Hood, Rogers, and ...

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