A historian, poet, and literary scholar who focused on Elizabethan England and the plays of
He attended Christ Church, Oxford on a scholarship and later became a Fellow at All Souls College. He went on to teach at both Merton College and the London School of Economics.
Turning his attention to
He was born in St Austell, Cornwall, to a semi-literate, working-class family.
In one of his poems, he expressed an affection for Adam von Trott, the man who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.