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.

Poems by this Poet

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A Parody Of Donec Gratus Eram In A dialogue Between M--- His Wife 30 July 2013
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The Third Satire Of Dr. John Donne 31 July 2013
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Concerning Resolution 31 July 2013
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Anacreontick 19 May 2014
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Homer's Battle Of The Frogs And Mice. Book III 31 July 2013
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The Cause of War 5 September 2014
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On A Lady With A Foul Breath 31 July 2013
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On Ye Bishop Of Meaths Death 31 July 2013
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Satyr V. Verse 31 July 2013
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A Riddle 30 July 2013
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