Andrew Cecil Bradley

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poet laureate Title conferred by the British monarch on a poet whose duty is then to write commemorative verse on important occasions. Poet laureates include Robert Southey (1813–43), Wordsworth (1843–50), Tennyson (1850–92), John Masefield (1930–67), Cecil Day-Lewis (1968–72), Sir John Betjeman (1972–84), Ted Hughes (1984–98), and Andrew Motion (1999– ).

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Andrew Cecil Bradley, 1851–1935, English scholar and critic, b. Cheltenham; brother of Francis Herbert Bradley. He taught at Oxford for many years and was professor of poetry there (1901–6). Bradley is known for his Shakespearean Tragedy (1904), a classic work of criticism noted for its exposition of Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth as psychological beings and of Shakespeare as a consummate interpreter of the human soul. Bradley's other works include Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1909) and Ideals of Religion (1940).