Beginning at the age of 12, Thomson was sent to school, first for three years at Jedburgh, eight miles from home, and then, in 1715, at the College of Edinburgh, some fifty miles north. James Thomson (the author of "Rule Britannia") who lived from 1700 The “breeze” (air), “beating ray” (sun / fire), water imagery in “shower” and “melts,” and the earth on which the “soft profusion” of fruit lies are to reappear a few lines later as the “ever-changing composition.” Thomson then steps back—with the comment about Nature’s hand—from the sunny afternoon and juxtaposes it with the “chiller night” when apples fall; but, of course, both times offer delight and profusion (pears “scattered round” and “wide-projected heaps” of apples), just as the busy fields and the mazy orchard both offer joy. IS THE ", Thomas Hardy, Return of the Native, Book 3, Chapter bear me then to high, embowering, Shades.” Here, though, they represent an inner urgency on the part of the speaker as his eye lights on the hornet or a keen wish strikes him. No wonder that, despite managerial plans, Alfred did not appear on the London stage till 1745. Some critics of The Seasons have drawn a post-Wordsworthian line between Thomson’s fine, fresh depictions of nature and what they see as his woolly, worn homilies to man. Since in 1745 and 1746 many of Thomson’s fellow Scots had rebelled with the Young Pretender and been savagely butchered by the English general, the duke of Cumberland, the treatment of these two Roman warriors must have imposed an exceptionally delicate task upon Thomson; he carried it off faultlessly. The annals of 18th-century poetry include a good deal of verse by clergymen, fancifully or earnestly whiling away their bucolic hours, and perhaps Thomson would have ended up in earned obscurity if he had been an Englishman.
His easygoing, sentimental temperament and disreputable hours might account for tales of his indolence. Similar conflicts reappear in The Castle of Indolence (1748), wherein the active life routs contemplative inaction. Thomson’s aims closely resembled those he saw modeled by Virgil, whose high rural patriotism and quick sense of the interchange between humans and nature generally inspired The Seasons and from whose work Thomson adapted or even, at times, paraphrased passages directly. people's as well as his own, in a style that was truly majestic. had joined the administration after the fall of Walpole, found Thomson a sinecure This page is devoted to James Thomson, a Scottish poet of the Victorian Thomson’s version of the story reworks the structures of Sophonisba. His new play was the tragedy Agamemnon, first performed in April 1738, with the reigning tragedian of the time, James Quin, in the title role and an excellent supporting cast. Volunteer proof readers are encouraged. Should there be a classic period to art Every single person that visits PoemAnalysis.com has helped contribute, so thank you for your support. Thomson died of a fever at his house and was buried at St. Mary's church,
Inspired by his own struggles in the Because James Thomson’s long, reflective landscape poem The Seasons (1730) commanded so much attention and affection for at least 100 years after he wrote it, his achievement has been identified with it. The Galveston Arrow
She drinks fearlessly and dies. is a service of The Vasthead. While Thomson would have thought—wrongly—of his homiletic passages as universal, free of history, he surely did mean in his scientific passages to allude to the historical momentum that his own age had given to finding the “timeless” truths of nature.
According to Murdoch, when Thomson performed an exercise in divinity class, the paraphrase of a psalm, in too florid a way, Professor William Hamilton at Edinburgh “told him, smiling, that if he thought of being useful in the ministry, he must keep a stricter rein on his imagination, and express himself in a language more intelligible to an ordinary congregation.” In general the Scots at the time seem to have tended toward respect for the practical and snorted about the poetical. The Wondering Minstrels site is now a Blogspot site hosted by Google. Through masterful use of sound and “romantic” imagery, he plays on the visionary quality in Spenser and brings one into real time only—and then obliquely—with the satire and the genial depictions à clef starting in stanza 49.
with a Welsh accent in Texas. drinking problem which greatly shortened his life. This page began in February, 2000, when only a few Thomson poems could be seen on line. All of the poems are carefully proof read. Thomson. The In order to prevent civil war in Sicily, Matteo Siffredi forges a document by which Tancred, the rightful prince, agrees to ascend to the throne peacefully by marrying the rival pretender to it, Princess Constantia. now deep inside The Vasthead. has permanently displaced the Hellenic idea of life, or whatever of his poem Britannia (1729).
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At times, he wandered aimlessly till dawn through the streets of From the regularity of scientific processes, Thomson could depict a nature of rich, indicative particulars that did not crumble into randomness or mere density.
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