William Morris, an English poet, born near London in 1834. He is the eldest son of a merchant who died in 1844, leaving a large estate. He was educated at Forest school in Walthamstow, at Marlborough, and at Exeter college, Oxford. He studied painting, but did not succeed in that profession. In 1858 he published a small volume entitled " The Defence of Guenevere, and other Poems." In 1863, with several partners, he set up in London an establishment for the artistic designing and manufacture of various articles, especially wall paper, stained glass, tiles, and household decorations. At this business Morris has ever since wrought as a designer, giving his evenings to the composition of poetry. He published "The Life and Death of Jason," a narrative poem, in 1867, and "The Earthly Paradise " (4 parts) in 1868-'71. The latter poem is made up of 24 legendary and romantic tales in verse, recited by a company of voyagers who had sailed westward from Norway to find the earthly paradise. He has also published a poem entitled " Love is Enough, or the Freeing of Pharamond " (1873), and, in connection with Eirikr Magnusson, " The Story of the Yolsungs and the Niblungs," translated from the Eddas.