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Thomas Gray
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    (December 26, 1716-July 30, 1771)
    Wrote poems ‘Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College,’ ‘Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes,’ ‘Ode to Adversity,’ ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ and ‘The Progress of Poesy’
    Professor of History at Cambridge University
    He founded a poetic school obsessed with graveyards.
    It took him eight years to earn a law degree he never used.
    He felt most of his colleagues at Cambridge were beneath him.
    He was made a professor of history but never lectured.
    He grew increasingly reclusive as he aged.
    He described himself as ‘No very great wit.’
    All eleven of his siblings died during childhood.
    He refused the position of Poet Laureate as he felt it was meaningless.
    ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ made him a literary celebrity overnight.
    Many of his phrases such as ‘Ignorance is bliss’ have become everyday expressions.
    He refused any payment for his work.
    His melancholy poetry anticipated the Romantic movement of the next century.

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