Poets’ Corner is the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the good number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there.
The first person to be interred in Poets’ Corner was Geoffrey Chaucer in 1556. . . Most recently commemorated, on 6 December 2011, with a floor stone, was Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. On 22 November 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of his death, writer C. S. Lewis will be next to be commemorated.
Others honored by plaques or busts in the Corner–this isn’t Wikipedia now, this is me–include some of my favorite authors (I’m an English Lit major): Auden, Austen, Blake, Bronte (Charlotte, Anne, and Emily), Browning (Robert and Elizabeth), Lewis Carroll, Coleridge, Eliot (George and T.S.), Gaskell, Hardy, Herrick, Hopkins, Keats, Kipling, Longfellow, Milton, Shakespeare, Shelley (Keats, Shelley–no Byron?*), Spenser, Tennyson, Wordsworth–and even musicians such as George Friderick Handel.
Such a luscious litany of literary luminaries! Lewis will be pleased to be included. What eloquent colloquies, what scintillating interlocutions they must indulge in when they are all alone and lights are low.
For a complete list, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poets%27_Corner
*The lilt which circulates among lit majors is “Byron and Shelley and Keats/Shelley and Byron and Keats/Byron and Shelley and Shelley and Byron/Byron and Shelley and Keats.”