"[Lines Spoken by the Ghost of John Dennis at the Devil Tavern]"
"[Lines Spoken by the Ghost of John Dennis
at the Devil Tavern]"
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Title/Paratext] "Whibley describes the Lines as [...]" H.W. Starr/J.R. Hendrickson, 1966.
"Whibley describes the Lines as the 'earliest original poem by Gray now extant'. It was sent to Walpole on 8 Dec. 1734, with this introductory statement: 'I ... had too much modesty to venture answering ... in the Poetical Strain myself: but, when I was last at the DEVIL, meeting by chance with the deceased Mr Dennis there, he offer'd his Service, &, being tip'd with a Tester, wrought, what follows—.' John Dennis (1657-6 Jan. 1734), an enemy of Pope and an important early eighteenth-century critic, was frequently in need of money."The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray: English, Latin and Greek. Edited by Herbert W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1966, 235.
- The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray: English, Latin and Greek. Edited by Herbert W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1966.
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