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


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.

 New stamps are being issued on the 250th anniversary of the birth of poet William Wordsworth
New stamps are being issued on the 250th anniversary of the birth of poet William WordsworthCredit: PA:Press Association

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.

 The set of ten new stamps will celebrate other romantic poets too
The set of ten new stamps will celebrate other romantic poets tooCredit: PA:Press Association
 Percy Bysshe Shelley is among the poets celebrated
Percy Bysshe Shelley is among the poets celebratedCredit: PA:Press Association
 Mary Robinson's 'Ode to the Snowdrop' is commemorated in the set
Mary Robinson’s ‘Ode to the Snowdrop’ is commemorated in the setCredit: PA:Press Association
 The opening verse from Lord Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty' is included
The opening verse from Lord Byron’s ‘She Walks in Beauty’ is includedCredit: PA:Press Association

“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.

 A stamp marking John Clare's famous work 'The Progress of Rhyme'
A stamp marking John Clare’s famous work ‘The Progress of Rhyme’Credit: PA:Press Association
 An extract of Walter Scott's loved poem 'The Lady of the Lake'
An extract of Walter Scott’s loved poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’Credit: PA:Press Association
 Letitia Elizabeth Landon's poem 'The Fake of Adelaide' over a lino-cut illustration
Letitia Elizabeth Landon’s poem ‘The Fake of Adelaide’ over a lino-cut illustrationCredit: PA:Press Association
 Renowned romantic William Blake is among poets featured in the stamps
Renowned romantic William Blake is among poets featured in the stampsCredit: PA:Press Association
 Samuel Taylor Coleridge is commemorated with a verse from 'Frost at Midnight'
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is commemorated with a verse from ‘Frost at Midnight’Credit: PA:Press Association
 John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is shown on one of the stamps
John Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ is shown on one of the stampsCredit: PA:Press Association
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