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Thomas Gray (26 December 1716 – 30 July 1771) was an English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar, and professor at Pembroke College, Cambridge. [1]

76 relations: Antiquities, Antonio Vivaldi, Battle of the Plains of Abraham, Bibliophilia, Botany, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Christopher Smart, Classicism, Cornhill, London, Dictionary of National Biography, Domenico Scarlatti, Edmund Gosse, Edward I of England, Elegy, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Eton College, Far from the Madding Crowd, Fellow, Gothic fiction, Grand Tour, Graveyard poets, Great Britain in the Seven Years' War, Harpsichord, Hatmaking, Historian, Horace Walpole, House of Plantagenet, James Wolfe, John Bacon (sculptor), John Giles Eccardt, John Penn (writer), Kirk Douglas, Lake Poets, Lawrence Brockett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Lyrical Ballads, Oliver Goldsmith, Paths of Glory, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Peterhouse, Cambridge, Picturesque, Pindar, Poet laureate, Poets' Corner, R. W. Ketton-Cremer, Regius Professor, Regius Professor of History (Cambridge), Richard West (Lord Chancellor of Ireland), Robert Dodsley, ..., Robert Walpole, Romantic poetry, Romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Scrivener, Self-criticism, Shallet Turner, Sinecure, Sport, Stanley Kubrick, Stoicism, Stoke Poges, Strawberry Hill House, The Bard (poem), The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Thesis, Thomas Hardy, Tuscany, University of Oxford, W. W. Norton & Company, Westminster Abbey, William Blake, William Cowper, William Wordsworth, 1742 in poetry, 1751 in poetry. Expand index (26 more) »


Antiquities are objects from antiquity, especially the civilizations of the Mediterranean: the Classical antiquity of Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt and the other Ancient Near Eastern cultures.

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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric.

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Battle of the Plains of Abraham

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec (Bataille des Plaines d'Abraham, or Première bataille de Québec in French), was a pivotal battle in the Seven Years' War (referred to as the French and Indian War in the United States).

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Bibliophilia or bibliophilism is the love of books, and a bibliophile or bookworm is an individual who loves and frequently reads books.

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Botany, also called plant science(s), plant biology or phytology, is the science of plant life and a branch of biology.

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Buckinghamshire, abbreviated Bucks, is a county in South East England which borders Greater London to the south east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north east and Hertfordshire to the east.

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Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately north of London.

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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,Martindale, Cyril Charles.

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Christmas and holiday season

The Christmas season, also called the festive season, or the holiday season (mainly in the U.S. and Canada; often simply called the holidays),, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and Western-influenced countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus.

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Christmas traditions

Christmas traditions vary from country to country.

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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart (11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771), was an English poet.

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Classicism, in the arts, refers generally to a high regard for a classical period, classical antiquity in the Western tradition, as setting standards for taste which the classicists seek to emulate.

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Cornhill, London

Cornhill is a ward and street in the City of London, the historic nucleus and financial centre of modern London.

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Dictionary of National Biography

The Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history, published from 1885.

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Domenico Scarlatti

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (Naples, 26 October 1685 Madrid, 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.

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Edmund Gosse

Sir Edmund William Gosse CB (21 September 184916 May 1928) was an English poet, author and critic.

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Edward I of England

Edward I (17/18 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots (Malleus Scotorum), was King of England from 1272 to 1307.

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In English literature, an elegy is a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is a poem by Thomas Gray, completed in 1750 and first published in 1751.

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Eton College

Eton College is an English independent boarding school for boys in Eton, Berkshire, near Windsor.

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) is Thomas Hardy's fourth novel and his first major literary success.

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A fellow is a member of a group (or fellowship) that work together in pursuing mutual knowledge or practice.

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Gothic fiction

Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance.

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Grand Tour

The term "Grand Tour" refers to the 17th- and 18th-century custom of a traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank (typically accompanied by a chaperon, such as a family member) when they had come of age (about 21 years old).

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Graveyard poets

See also: Romantic literature in English The "Graveyard Poets", also termed "Churchyard Poets", were a number of pre-Romantic English poets of the 18th century characterised by their gloomy meditations on mortality, "skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms" elicited by the presence of the graveyard.

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Great Britain in the Seven Years' War

Great Britain was one of the major participants in the Seven Years' War which lasted between 1754 and 1763.

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A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard which activates a row of levers that in turn trigger a mechanism that plucks one or more strings with a small plectrum.

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Hatmaking or millinery is the design, manufacture and sale of hats and head-wear.

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A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past, and is regarded as an authority on it.

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Horace Walpole

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797), also known as Horace Walpole, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician.

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House of Plantagenet

The House of Plantagenet was a royal house which originated from the lands of Anjou in France.

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James Wolfe

James Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) was a British Army officer, known for his training reforms and remembered chiefly for his victory in 1759 over the French at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in Quebec as a major general.

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John Bacon (sculptor)

John Bacon (24 November 1740 – 7 August 1799) was a British sculptor who worked in the late 18th century.

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John Giles Eccardt

John Giles Eccardt (1720–1779) was a German-born British portrait painter.

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John Penn (writer)

John Penn (or John Penn, Jr. or John Penn of Stoke) (22 February 1760 – 21 June 1834) was the chief proprietor of the Province of Pennsylvania as of 1775 (now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States) and a politician and writer.

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Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch, December 9, 1916) is an American actor, producer, director, and author.

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Lake Poets

The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who all lived in the Lake District of England, United Kingdom, in the first half of the nineteenth century.

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Lawrence Brockett

Lawrence Brockett (13 August 1724 – 12 July 1768) was an English academic.

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Lord Chancellor of Ireland

The office of Lord High Chancellor of Ireland (commonly known as Lord Chancellor of Ireland) was the highest judicial office in Ireland until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922.

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Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 and generally considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature.

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New Year

New Year is the time or day at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.

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New Year's Day

New Year's Day, also called simply New Year's or New Year, is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

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New Year's Eve

In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on 31 December which is the seventh day of Christmastide.

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Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1728 – 4 April 1774) was an Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773).

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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war filmhttp://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/191157|0/The-Big-Idea-Paths-of-Glory.html by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb.

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Pembroke College, Cambridge

Pembroke College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England.

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Peterhouse, Cambridge

Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, England.

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Picturesque is an aesthetic ideal introduced into English cultural debate in 1782 by William Gilpin in Observations on the River Wye, and Several Parts of South Wales, etc.

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Pindar (Πίνδαρος Pindaros,; Pindarus; c. 522 – c. 443 BC) was an Ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes.

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Poet laureate

A poet laureate (plural: poets laureate) is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution, typically expected to compose poems for special events and occasions.

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Poets' Corner

Poets' Corner is the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the high number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there.

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R. W. Ketton-Cremer

Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, (2 May 1906 – 12 December 1969) was an English landowner, biographer and historian.

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Regius Professor

A Regius Professor is a university professor with royal patronage or appointment.

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Regius Professor of History (Cambridge)

Regius Professor of History, prior to 2010 Regius Professor of Modern History, is one of the senior professorships in history at Cambridge University.

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Richard West (Lord Chancellor of Ireland)

Richard West (c. 1691 – 3 December 1726) was an 18th-century barrister, judge, playwright and politician.

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Robert Dodsley

Robert Dodsley (13 February 1704 – 23 September 1764) was an English bookseller, poet, playwright, and miscellaneous writer.

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Robert Walpole

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), known before 1742 as Sir Robert Walpole, was a British statesman who is generally regarded as the de facto first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

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Romantic poetry

Romantic poetry is the poetry of the Romantic era, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century.

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Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (21 October 177225 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets.

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A scrivener (or scribe) was a person who could read and write or who wrote letters to court and legal documents.

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Self-criticism involves how an individual evaluates oneself.

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Shallet Turner

Shallet Turner FRS LL. D. (ca. 1692 – 13 November 1762) was a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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A sinecure (from Latin sine.

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Sport (British English) or sports (American English) includes all forms of competitive physical activity or games which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants, and in some cases, entertainment for spectators.

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

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Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC.

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Stoke Poges

Stoke Poges is a green-buffered scattered village and civil parish in the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England.

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Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House—often called simply Strawberry Hill—is the Gothic Revival villa that was built in Twickenham, London by Horace Walpole (1717–1797) from 1749 onward.

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The Bard (poem)

The Bard.

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The Norton Anthology of English Literature

The Norton Anthology of English Literature is an anthology of English literature published by the W. W. Norton & Company.

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A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings.

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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet.

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Tuscany (Toscana) is a region in central Italy with an area of about and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants (2013).

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford (formally The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford) is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England.

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W. W. Norton & Company


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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

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William Blake

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.

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William Cowper

William Cowper (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) was an English poet and hymnodist.

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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).

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1742 in poetry

Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

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1751 in poetry

— Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard, published this year Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France).

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2018 has been designated as the third International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef Initiative.

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2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2019th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 19th year of the 3rd millennium, the 19th year of the 21st century, and the 10th and last year of the 2010s decade.

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