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Uploaded by Alyson-Wieczorek on March 21, 2008He was educated at Christs Hospital , and attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge . [1] He edited the Delphin Classics , a

Uploaded by Alyson-Wieczorek on March 21, 2008

He was educated at Christ's Hospital , and attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge . [1] He edited the Delphin Classics , a 143-volume set of Latin works published by Abraham John Valpy at which task his editorial labors were so excessive as to induce near total blindness. He also wrote poetry, and authored a number of tracts on the plight of England's poor and on reform of the political system.

He shared many ideas with radical writers of the time. His doctrine of benevolence advised a moral obligation to the poor, during a time when the interest in the lower classes was subsiding. He influenced authors such as William Godwin , but also gave critical and moral support to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth .

Nicholas Roe's chapter on Dyer in The politics of nature: Wordsworth and some contemporaries shows Dyer to have been an important model for Wordsworth and Coleridge in the way he brought politics to bear on the poetry of nature and imagination. Dyer's influence represents, for Roe the answer to current historians who believe that the Romantics turned their backs on history in their search for a transcendent nature. The poet thus seems to have revenged himself on claims of insignificance.

Uploaded by Alyson-Wieczorek on March 21, 2008

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