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Johnson Era

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Emma Burns

on 2 January 2013

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Transcript of Johnson Era

The Age of Johnson Social/Cultural/Religious Effects Maddy Champa and Emma Burns Political Situations of This Time *Age of Enlightenment *Neoclassical thinking Literary Styles Intellect Reason Balance Order The Life of Dr. Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 Johnson's Work "London" Thomas Gray British Death of Richard West in 1742 Offered the position of poet laureate for Britain in 1757 Born: 1716 Died: 1771 “An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” Published in 1751.

Summary: The narrator observes his
surroundings (real detail) as the narrator sits in a churchyard. Soon the narrator starts to comtemplate and talk about death and how everyone dies, even when they are noble. The poem ends with the narrator dying (as an unknown person).
"Now fades the glimm'ring landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds;" Describing of the narrator's surroundings Famous Line "The paths of glory lead but to the grave" King George II King George III George Grenville William Pitt Fun Facts! The Gregorian Calendar adopted by GB in 1752 *First Shoelaces invented in 1769 in England Edward Jenner creates first smallpox vaccination in 1796 Dr. Johnson's Early Life Attended Pembroke College: Oxford --Dr. Samuel Johnson taught for a while after leaving Pembroke-- Works by Samuel Johnson Irene (play) "London" "The Vanity of Human Wishes" Dictionary of English Language published 1755 Tho' Grief and Fondness in my Breast rebel,
When injur'd Thales 2 bids the Town farewell,
Yet still my calmer Thoughts his Choice commend,
I praise the Hermit, but regret the Friend,
Resolved at length, from Vice and London far, [5]
To breathe in distant Fields a purer Air,
And, fix'd on Cambria's solitary shore,
Give to St. David one true Briton more. The poem describes various problems with London. They are personified into characters such as Malice and Accident. They are villainous beings looking to reek havoc on citizens of London. THE END THANKS FOR LISTENING!
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