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THE BACKGROUND/AUTHORORISATION OF THE PROUD KING
William Morries (1834-1896) was born at Walthamstow and educated at Marlboro Rough and Oxford. While at the university, he began to write narrative verses. He developed his talent for poetry after he made acquaintance of the Rosseths in London.
His hatred for ugliness of commercial Victorian England led him to oppose the capitalist system under which, as he considered, ugliness had flourished. He became socialist and befriended writers of his time like John Burns, Sidney Webb and George Bernard Shaw. In his tight schedules, he yet found the time and energy to write a great deal of prose and verse. He greatly loved Chaucer’s narrative skill and it was one of his aims in poetry to recapture the story-telling power of the old master.
The whole of the life of this warm-hearted and vigorous man was devoted to a crusade to bring back beauty to England. He campaigned ceaselessly against the ugliness of commercialism. He got his inspiration from the titled ‘The Earthly Paradise’ to write about ‘The Proud King’.
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