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Selected Poetry of Oliver Goldsmith (1730?-1774)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

And thou, sweet Poetry, thou loveliest maid,
Still first to fly where sensual joys invade;
Unfit in these degenerate times of shame
To catch the heart, or strike for honest fame;
Dear charming nymph, neglected and decried,
My shame in crowds, my solitary pride;
Thou source of all my bliss, and all my woe,
That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so;
Thou guide by which the nobler arts excel,
Thou nurse of every virtue, fare thee well!
        (The Deserted Village, A Poem, 407-416)
  1. The Deserted Village, A Poem
  2. An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog
  3. Retaliation: A Poem
  4. The Traveller; or, A Prospect of Society (excerpt)
  5. When Lovely Woman Stoops to Folly

Biographical information

Given name: Oliver
Family name: Goldsmith
Birth date: 10 November 1730?
Death date: 4 April 1774
Nationality: Irish
Family relations
          father: Charles Goldsmith
          mother: Ann Goldsmith
          brother: Charles Goldsmith
          brother: Henry Goldsmith
          brother: John Goldsmith
          brother: Maurice Goldsmith
          sister: Jane Goldsmith
          sister: Margaret Goldsmith
          sister: Catherine Hodson
Language: English
Education
          Village school at Lissoy, Thomas Byrne
          Elphin school, Mr. Griffin
          Athlone: 1739
          School of Patrick Hughes, Edgeworthstown, Longford: 1741
          Trinity College (B.A.): 11 June 1744 to 1749
          Medical Society, Edinburgh: 1752
          Louvain (M.B.)
Literary period: Augustan
Occupation: Physician
Residences
          Bankside, Southwark
          Pallas, near Ballymahon, Longford: 10 November 1728
          Lissoy: 1730
          Edinburgh: 1752
          Fleet Street, London: 1760
          Islington: 1762
Illness: Smallpox
Buried at: Temple Church; monument in Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1994-2001