By Allan Fuller
March's quiz question was:
Where in London is Poets' Corner?
Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, is a place of pilgrimage for literature lovers. More than 100 poets and writers are buried or have memorials here.
Many of those buried or remembered in Poets' Corner are world-famous, like William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy. Others, though popular in their day, are now less well known.
The first poet to be buried here, in 1400, was Geoffrey Chaucer, author of 'The Canterbury Tales'. Not because he was a poet but because he was Clerk of the King's Works. Nearly 200 years later, Edmund Spenser (1553-1598) who wrote 'The Faerie Queene' for Elizabeth I, one of the longest poems in the English language, asked to be buried near Chaucer – perhaps with an eye on his own literary reputation.
The tradition of burials and memorials continues to this day. The Deans of Westminster decide who receives a place based on merit though they consult widely.
Poets' Corner proper is in the eastern aisle, the 'corner', of the south transept, though over time graves and memorials have spread across the whole transept. There are also several clergymen and actors buried in this transept and musician George Frederic Handel.
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