Statue of Chatterton in Bristol.
Chatterton's tragic early death had a
profound effect on the Romantic Poets. Wordsworth referred to him as the
"marvellous boy" and Keats
dedicated Endymion to him.
The fascination surrounding Chatterton's premature death was
further fuelled by Henry Wallis' famous portrait of 1856. However, the
portrait was not based on a real likeness of Chatterton but was modelled instead on
a young man called George Meredith.
There are statues to Chatterton in Bristol (his home town) and in
the grounds of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire.
|O! Synge untoe mie
|O! droppe the brynie
teare wythe mee,
|Daunce ne moe atte hallie
|Lycke a reynynge ryver
Mie love ys dedde,
Gon to hys death-bedde,
Al under the wyllowe tree.
From Song from AElla