poets laureate

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poets laureate

1 post not officially established until 1668; the previous laureates had included Ben Jonson

2 Appointed after Thomas Gray declined

3 Appointed after Samuel

1668

John Dryden1

1689

Thomas Shadwell

1692

Nathum Tate

1715

Nicholas Rowe

1718

Laurence Eusden

1730

Colley Cibber

1757

William Whitehead2

1785

Thomas Warton

1790

Henry Pye

1813

Robert Southey

1843

William Wordsworth

1850

Alfred, Lord Tennyson3

1896

Alfred Austin

1913

Robert Bridges

1930

John Masefield

1968

Cecil Day Lewis

1972

Sir John Betjeman

1984

Ted Hughes

1999

Andrew Motion