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Selected Poetry of Mark Akenside (1721-1770)

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
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Say from what simple springs began
The vast, ambitious thoughts of man,
Which range beyond control;
Which seek Eternity to trace,
Dive thro' th' infinity of space,
And strain to grasp the whole.
        (Hymn to Science, 31-36)
  1. For a Column at Runnymede
  2. Hymn to Science
  3. Ode to the Country Gentlemen of England
  4. The Pleasures of Imagination (excerpt)

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Mark
Family name: Akenside
Title: Doctor
Birth date: 9 November 1721
Death date: 23 June 1770
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Mark Akenside
          mother: Mary Akenside
          Edinburgh (Theology): 1739
          Holland (Doctor of Physic): 1744
Religion: Presbyterian
          Whig: 1721 to 1761
          Tory: 1761 to 1770
Literary period: Augustan
          Surgeon: 1741 to 1743
          Physician: 1744 to 1770
          Newcastle-on-Tyne, England: 9 November 1721 to 1739
          Edinburgh: 1739 to 1741
          Newcastle-on-Tyne, England: 1741 to 1744
          Holland: 1744
          Various towns, England: 1744 to 1770
Cause of death: Fever
Buried at: St. James' Church
First RPO edition: 1996-2000