On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, which tells of Keats's wonder on reading the works of Homer, as translated by playwright George Chapman. 'Stout Cortez' is Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
In 1837 Angela Burdett-Coutts (1814 - 1906), became the wealthiest woman in England when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of nearly three million pounds sterling. She was a philanthropist who, along with Charles Dickens, established Urania Cottage, a home that helped to reform women who had turned to prostitution and theft.
Cassandra is a figure from Greek myth, the most beautiful daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Entranced by her beauty, the god Apollo granted Cassandra the gift of prophecy, but when she spurned his advances, placed a curse on her so that no one would believe her prophecies. Cassandra's warnings about the Trojan Horse were ignored. She was raped by Ajax the Lesser, and then became Agamemnon's concubine. Her warning visions of Agamemnon's murder, along her own demise, both at the hands of Agamemnon's wife and her lover, also went unheeded.
Norse mythology, Fáfnir is a powerful and fearless dwarf who slays his father - the dwarf king Hreidmar - in order to steal his wealth. Fáfnir turns into a dragon in order to better guard his treasure and is eventually slain by the hero Sigurd.
John Masefield (1878 - 1967), was an English author and poet, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is perhaps best known as the author of the poem Sea-Fever, and of the children's fantasy novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.
Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956), was an English poet, novelist, and short story writer. He is probably best known for his stories and poems for children.
George Meredith (1828 - 1909), was an English novelist and poet.
The Franklin's Tale is one of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.