Friday, March 1, 2013

English Poet George Herbert died 1633 & playwright Edward Moore died 1757

On March 1, 1633, English poet George Herbert died in Bemerton, England. He was born on April 3, 1593 into an artistic and wealthy family; he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Cambridge, Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I. Herbert served in Parliament for two years. After the death of King James and at the urging of a friend, Herbert's interest in ordained ministry was renewed. In 1630, in his late thirties he gave up his secular ambitions and took Holy orders in the Chirch of England, spending the rest of his life as the rector of the little parish in Bemerton. Throughout his life, he wrote religious poems characterized by a precision of language, a metrical versatility, and an ingenious use of imagery that was favored by the metaphysical school of poets. Some of his poems have endured as hymns, including "King of Glory, King of Peace" (Praise): "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" (Antiphon) and "Teach me, my God and King" (The Elixir).

On March 1, 1757, British author, playwright and poet Edward Moore died in Lambeth, England. He was the author of Fables of the Female Sex (1744), The Trial of Selim the Persian (1748), The Foundling (1748) and Gil Blas (1751). He wrote the domestic tragedy of The Gamester, originally produced in 1753 with David Garrick in the leading character of Beverley the gambler. It is upon The Gamester that Moore's literary reputation rests; the play was much-produced in England and the United States in the century after Moore's death. As a poet he produced clever imitations of John Gay and Thomas Gray, and with the assistance of George, 1st Lord Lyttelton, Lord Chesterfield and Horace Walpole, published The World (1753–1757), a weekly periodical on the model of the Rambler. Moore collected his poems under the title of Poems, Fables and Plays in 1756 and his Dramatic Works were posthumously published in 1788.

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