1763 in poetry


1763 in poetry

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Events

* In 1763, Charles Churchill's fellow poet and friend, Robert Lloyd was in Fleet Prison for debt. Churchill paid a guinea a week for Lloyd's better maintenance, and raised a subscription to set him free, although Lloyd was still in prison when he died the next year.

Works published

* Hugh Blair, "A Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian"
* James Macpherson, "Temora"
* William Mason, "Elegies"
* Christopher Smart, "Song to David"

Charles Churchill's poems of controversy

Poet Charles Churchill became a close ally of politician John Wilkes in the early 1760s, and assisted him with the "North Briton" newspaper. These poems were all published this year: ["The Encyclopaedia Britannica", Eleventh edition, 1911]
* "The Prophecy of Famine: A Scots Pastoral", the first of several Churchill poems that stirred controversy this year, was a violent satire on Scottish influence and fell in with the current hatred of Lord Bute. The Scottish place-hunters were as much alarmed as the actors had been in 1761, when Churchill terrorised them with his "Rosciad".
* "Epistle to William Hogarth" was in answer to the caricature of Wilkes made during the trial. In the poem, Churchill attacked Hogarth's vanity and envy with an invective which David Garrick quoted as shocking and barbarous. Hogarth retaliated with a caricature of Churchill as a bear in torn clerical bands hugging a pot of porter and a club made of lies and "North Britons".
* "The Duellist" is a virulent satire on the most active opponents of Wilkes in the House of Lords, especially Bishop Warbuxton.
* "The Ghost", was an attack on Samuel Johnson among others, calling Johnson, "Pomposo, insolent and loud, Vain idol of a scribbling crowd."
* "The Conference"
* "The Author", highly praised by Churchill's contemporaries.

Births

* John Hurdis
* Samuel Rogers

Deaths

*January 11 — Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (born 1676)
*January 29 — Louis Racine, French poet (born 1692)
*February 11 — William Shenstone, English poet (born 1714)
* June 29 - Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, poet and salonist, (b. 1718)
*September 26 — John Byrom, English poet (born 1692)
* John Dalton

ee also

*Poetry
*List of years in poetry

Notes


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