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The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of painters who rejected the formalism of Raphael and wished to return to a way of painting that was more sensual and realistic. There were also a number of poets writing during the same period as these painters were producing many of their famous works, and these poets were said to also embrace similar philosophies and approaches to their art. These writers and artists wished to rebel against the accepted forms and strictures of art and to experiment and create new, different forms. Two of the poets included in this group were Christina Rosetti and Algenrnon Charles Swinburne, both of whom wrote poems full of lush nature imagery and which referred to classical mythology and European folklore frequently.
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