Oliver Goldsmith Poems
- The Village Schoolmaster Beside yon straggling fence that ...
- An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad... Good people all, of every ...
- The Deserted Village Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the ...
- Memory O MEMORY, thou fond deceiver, Still importunate and ...
- Song From 'The Vicar Of Wakefi... WHEN lovely woman stoops ...
- A New Simile LONG had I sought in vain to find A likeness ...
- When Lovely Woman Stoops To Fo... When lovely woman stoops to...
Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish writer 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). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes".
Goldsmith's birth date and year are not known with certainty. According to the Library of Congress authority file, he told a biographer that he was born on 29 November 1731, or perhaps in 1730. Other sources have ... more »
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''Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.''Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, act 5, sc. 1.
''I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.''Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, act. 1, sc. 1.
''You, that are going to be married, think things can never be done too fast: but we that are old, and know what we are about, must elope methodically, madam.''Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Jarvis to Olivia, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 4.
''Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.''Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Leontine, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
''Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.''Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright. Mr. Honeywood, in The Good Natur'd Man, act 1.
Comments about Oliver Goldsmith
The Village Schoolmaster
Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way
With blossom'd furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
The village master taught his little school;
A man severe he was, and stern to view,
I knew him well, and every truant knew;
Well had the boding tremblers learn'd to trace
The days disasters in his morning face;
Full well they laugh'd with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he:
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frown'd:
Yet he was kind; or if severe in ...