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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  • ''The popularity of that baby-faced boy, who possessed not even the elements of a good actor, was a hallucination in the public mind, and a disgrace to our theatrical history.''
    Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), Scottish poet. Life of Mrs. Siddons, ch. 18 (1834). Campell referred to the child actor "Master Betty," William Henry...
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  • Rayhan...from Bangladesh... (4/1/2020 7:51:00 AM)

    Very nice

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  • DueCXD (9/18/2019 9:09:00 PM)

    die die
    die die


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  • Jody Mello (4/2/2019 5:44:00 PM)

    We have on of his earlier works entitled simply Campbell..1883 worth anything?

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  • Thomas Kirk Campbell (2/17/2019 9:08:00 AM)

    We share the exact same name. The date of his death Jume 15 1844, is exactly 122 days to the day of my birth June 15 1966. I found him when I googled my name one day. I am also a poet.

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  • Prabir Gayen (12/14/2018 12:40:00 AM)

    Extraordinary talent and deep understanding of life and death...

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  • Maleah Smith (11/27/2017 2:59:00 PM)

    Thomas, I do believe you have great potential! The way you set a picture in the audience's mind; it is absolutely exquisite.

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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.

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  • 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-

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

    He was a very good poet.

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Best Poem of Thomas Campbell

Love And Madness

Hark ! from the battlements of yonder tower
The solemn bell has tolled the midnight hour !
Roused from drear visions of distempered sleep,
Poor Broderick wakes—in solitude to weep !

"Cease, Memory; cease (the friendless mourner cried)
To probe the bosom too severely tried !
Oh ! ever cease, my pensive thoughts, to stray
Through tie bright fields of Fortune's better day,
When youthful Hope, the music of the mind,
Tuned all its charms, and Errington was kind !

Yet, can I cease, while glows this trembling frame,
In sighs to speak thy melancholy name...

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