Thomas Campbell

(1777-1844 / Glasgow / Scotland)

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Born in Glasgow, Thomas Campbell was the youngest son of Alexander Campbell, of the Campbells of Kirnan, Argyll. His father belonged to a Glasgow firm trading in Virginia, and lost his money in consequence of the American Revolutionary War. Campbell, who was educated at the Glasgow High School and University of Glasgow, won prizes for classics and for verse-writing. He spent the holidays as a tutor in the western Highlands. His poem Glenara and the ballad of Lord Ullin's Daughter owe their origin to a visit to Mull. In May 1797 he went to Edinburgh to attend lectures on law. He supported himself by private teaching and by writing, towards which he was helped by Dr Robert Anderson, the editor... more »

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  • ''O Star-eyed Science! hast thou wandered there,
    To waft us home the message of despair?''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. "Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2.
  • ''Now Barabbas was a publisher.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. Quoted in A Publisher and his Friends, vol. 1, ch. 14, Samuel Smiles (1891). parodying the gospel of J...
  • ''O leave this barren spot to me!
    Spare, woodman, spare the beechen tree.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Beech-Tree's Petition," st. 1 (1800).
  • ''What though my wingèd hours of bliss have been,
    Like angel-visits, few and far between?''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2, l. 375-376 (1...
  • ''What millions died that Caesar might be great!''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. J.L. Robertson (1907). "The Pleasures of Hope," pt. 2, l. 174 (1799)...
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  • Peter Cole (3/16/2014 3:49:00 PM)

    When I first read his poem A Soldiers Dream I thought it was about WW1, but then realised the book it was in was published in 1834. But it could be ANY war.

  • Marty Thompson (1/20/2012 9:58:00 PM)

    evoking as it were-his leavng all behind-but now we read-his every known line-
    evoking as it were-his every known line-as i read it now-looking for a sign-

  • Mine Yours (11/16/2008 12:19:00 PM)

    He was a very good poet.

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