Arts and Crafts Period

Except for these literary endeavors, Morris devoted most of his time to architecture and painting. In 1861 he formed a decorating firm in partnership with Rossetti, the painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones and other Pre-Raphaelite painters. The firm designed and manufactured decorations such as carvings, metalwork, stained glass, and carpeting. These products were noted for their fine workmanship and natural beauty, and directly inspired the Arts and Crafts movement, which sought to reinvest everyday objects with these qualities. The influence of this movement extended throughout Europe and the United States for generations, and fathered the art nouveau style.

In his numerous writings, Morris excelled in verse translations from classic and medieval sources. Among these were The Earthly Paradise, much in the manner of the great Middle English poet Geoffrey Chaucer; The Aeneid of Virgil; and The Odyssey, in the metrical style of the English dramatist and classical translator George Chapman. From materials gathered during two trips to Iceland, Morris wrote Three Northern Love Songs and the epic Sigurd the Volsung .

Later, Morris became increasingly active in politics but without l



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