Birth date: 
1679
Death date: 
1718
Birth town: 
Country: 
Ireland

Thomas Parnell is more remembered for the fact that Johnson wrote his biography than for his poetry, which was published by Pope after his death.

Parnell was born in Dublin in 1679 to a man of commonwealth, also by the name of Thomas Parnell. At the age of fourteen, he entered Trinity College of Dublin, and at the age of twenty became deacon in the Episcopal church. Being promoted to archdeacon, in 1706 he married the daughter of Thomas Minchin of Tipperary. Five years later, she died. Around this time, he became more deeply attached to the Scribblerus circle. He wrote the introduction to Pope's Iliad. In 1718, just two years after being presented the vicarage of Finglass, he died on the way to Ireland (presumably of heavy drink).

The only poems published during his lifetime were in periodicals. After his death, his friends published some of his best poems and wrote his elgy. His biography is in the famous Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets.

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Fragmentary Ending Of A Poem I 31 July 2013
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A Song 5 September 2014
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Meditation Before Sacrament 31 July 2013
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On Mr Pope Drawing D Swifts Picture 31 July 2013
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Prop 2, L 11 E Quicunque c 31 July 2013
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A Dream 30 July 2013
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The Ecstasy 31 July 2013
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An Essay On The Different Stiles Of Poetry 31 July 2013
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To Mr Brown On His Book Against T-- 31 July 2013
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Fragmentary Ending Of A Poem II 31 July 2013
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