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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The Way To Happiness 31 July 2013
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Deborah 31 July 2013
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The Spring the new, the warb'ling Spring appears 19 May 2014
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Book I 19 May 2014
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Jac Faber Stapul By J Scaliger 31 July 2013
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On Divine Love By Meditating On The Wounds Of Christ 31 July 2013
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Once Pope Under Jevais Resolvd To Adventure 31 July 2013
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51 Psalm 30 July 2013
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Since Bearing Of A Gentle Mind 31 July 2013
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After The French Manner 31 July 2013
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