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Encyclopedia > John Langhorne (poet)

John Langhorne (March 1735April 1, 1779), poet, son of a clergyman, was born at Kirkby Stephen; having taken orders, he was for two years a curate in London, and from 1776 Rector of Blagdon, Somerset, and Prebendary of Wells. Events April 16 - The London premiere of Alcina by George Frideric Handel, his first the first Italian opera for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1779 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Location within the British Isles. ... Year 1776 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Blagdon is a village and civil parish in the North Somerset unitary authority in England. ... The west front of Wells Cathedral Wells Cathedral is a cathedral in Wells, Somerset, the smallest cathedral city in England. ...


He is chiefly remembered as being the translator, jointly with his brother, Rev. William Langhorne, of Plutarch's Lives, but in his day he had some reputation as a poet, his chief work in poetry being Studley Park and Fables of Flora. In his Country Justice (1774–77) he dimly foreshadows George Crabbe, as in his descriptive poems he dimly foreshadows William Wordsworth. He was twice married, and both of his wives died in giving birth to a first child. Plutarchs Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. ... A poet is someone who writes poetry. ... George Crabbe (December 24, 1754 - February 3, 1832) was an English poet and naturalist. ... Wordsworth redirects here. ...


This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature is a collection of biographies of writers by John W. Cousin, published around 1910. ...


 
 

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