Gray, Thomas

Gray, Thomas
   Born in London into a prosperous family, he was a studious boy who disliked the sports ethos of Eton College, where he was educated from the age of eight. He was at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, between 1734-1738 but left without a degree and accompanied Horace Walpole on a grand tour of France, Switzerland, and Italy at Sir Robert Walpole's expense. By 1742 he had settled in Peterhouse, Cambridge, and in 1756, he moved to Pembroke College, Cambridge. His poems attracted little attention until "An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard" was published in 1751. He buried himself in studying Celtic, Scandinavian, Gaelic and Welsh poetry. Upon the death of Colley Cibber in 1757, Gray declined the laureateship. He died at Cambridge and was buried in the country churchyard at Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, celebrated in his "Elegy." He is commemorated by a bust in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. Some of his poems: "Bard," "The [A Pindaric Ode] Hymn to Adversity," "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," "The Candidate," "The Curse upon Edward," "The Death of Hoel," "The Descent of Odin."
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