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Robert Bloomfield (1766–1823)

Bloomfield, Robert. An English poet; born at Honington, Dec. 3, 1766; died in Shefford, 1823. Apprenticed to a shoemaker in London, he chanced upon odd volumes of the poets, and thus was awakened his native poetic genius. He first came into public notice with ‘The Milk-Maid,’ and good fortune attended his ‘The Sailor’s Return.’ He essayed a longer flight in ‘The Farmer’s Boy’ (1800), by which he established his title to rank among the minor poets.