Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Poet's Corner, Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey - photograph


Addison wrote of Westminster Abbey that in the poetical quarter "he found there were poets who had no monuments, and monuments which had no poets." The Poets' Corner in the South Transept of the Abbey was not appropriated to its peculiar purpose until Spenser had been buried near Chaucer's remains. Here are monuments to Shakespeare, Milton (who asked "What needs my Shakespeare for his honour'd bones The labour of an age in piled stones?"), Beaumont, Ben Jonson, Butler, Dryden, Addison, Samuel Johnson, Goldsmith, and nearly all the greatest English poets and prose writers, although some of them are buried elsewhere. Room has also been found for memorials of men like Handel and David Garrick, who won distinction in other walks.