ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

(1679-1718)


Thomas Parnell, born in Dublin, entered Trinity College Dublin as a pensioner 1692 (B.A. 1697, M.A. 1700, D.D. 1712); he was Minor Canon of St. Patrick's, Dublin (1704) and Archdeacon of Clogher (1706-16); Jonathan Swift obtained for Parnell the position of Vicar of Finglas (1716). The son of a Parliamentarian in the Civil War, Parnell began his career as a Whig before adopting the political views of his fellow Scriblerians. Alexander Pope edited the posthumous edition of his Poems (1722).


TEXT RECORDS:

1713Preface to Essay on the Different Stiles of Poetry.
1714 ca.A Fairy Tale in the Ancient English Style.
1714A Hymn on Contentment.
1714 ca.A Night-Piece on Death.
1714 ca.Health, an Eclogue.
1714 ca.The Hermit.

PUBLICATIONS:

An essay on the different styles of poetry. 1713.
An essay on the life, writings and learning of Homer [in Pope's Illiad]. 1715.
Homer's battle of the frogs and mice, with the remarks of Zoilus. 1717.
Poems on several occasions, published by Mr. Pope. 1722.
Works in verse and prose. 1755.
Poems, ed. Oliver Goldsmith. 1770.
Posthumous works. 1758.
Poetical works. 1833.
Collected Poems, ed. Rawson and Lock. 1989.