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Thomas Gray

Data de nascimento: 26. Dezembro 1716
Data de falecimento: 30. Julho 1771
Outros nomes: توماس قری, توماس غراي

Thomas Gray , poeta e romancista inglês.

Iniciou seus estudos em Eton College e no Colégio São Pedro de Cambridge, onde se tornou amigo dos escritores Horace Walpole e Richard West. Deixou Cambridge em 1738 e acompanhou Walpole em uma viagem pelo continente durante o ano seguinte. Juntos, visitaram a França e a Itália, onde se desentenderam e Gray foi para Veneza, retornando à Inglaterra por ocasião da morte de seu pai.

Em 1744 reconciliou-se com Walpole e em 1750 concluiu sua Elegia escrita num cemitério camponês, obra esta iniciada muitos anos antes. Em 1757, recusou a distinção de poeta laureado. Após a abertura do Museu Inglês, em 1759, Gray passou a morar em Londres para poder estudar as obras expostas. Em 1768, foi nomeado professor de história moderna em Cambridge.

A obra literária de Gray é pouco volumosa mas a boa qualidade de seus escritos compensa esse fato. A Elegia é a mais popular e, talvez, a melhor de suas obras. Liga-se à corrente da poesia das tumbas, inaugurada por Edward Young, influência esta que também se encontra nas odes pindáricas: Os progressos da poesia, O bardo, ode profética e outras. Wikipedia

Photo: John Giles Eccardt / Public domain

Citações Thomas Gray

„Forbade to wade through slaughter to a throne,
And shut the gates of mercy on mankind.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 17
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)

„Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learned to stray;
Along the cool sequestered vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 19
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?textelcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)

„Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 14
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)
Fonte: An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

„Hark, his hands the lyre explore!
Bright-eyed Fancy hovering o'er
Scatters from her pictured urn
Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.“

—  Thomas Gray

III. 3, Line 2
The Progress of Poesy http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?textpppo (1754)
Fonte: Selected Poems

„The paths of glory lead but to the grave.“

—  Thomas Gray

Fonte: An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

„Behind the steps that Misery treads
Approaching Comfort view:
The hues of bliss more brightly glow
Chastised by sabler tints of woe,
And blended form, with artful strife,
The strength and harmony of life.“

—  Thomas Gray

Fonte: Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=oopv (1754), Line 35

„But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page
Rich with the spoils of time did ne'er unroll;
Chill Penury repressed their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 13
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)

„The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow'r,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
Await alike the inevitable hour:
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 9
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)

„While bright-eyed Science watches round.“

—  Thomas Gray

Ode for Music http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=ocmu (1769), Chorus, line 3

„Rich windows that exclude the light,
And passages that lead to nothing.“

—  Thomas Gray

A Long Story; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„Her track, where'er the goddess roves,
Glory pursue, and gen'rous shame,
Th' unconquerable mind, 3 and freedom's holy flame.“

—  Thomas Gray

II. 2, Line 10
The Progress of Poesy http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=pppo (1754)

„E'en from the tomb the voice of Nature cries,
E'en in our Ashes live their wonted Fires.“

—  Thomas Gray

St. 23
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=elcc (written 1750, publ. 1751)

„Now my weary lips I close;
Leave me, leave me to repose!“

—  Thomas Gray

Descent of Odin http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=dooo, Line 71 (1761)

„Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate,
Beneath the good how far,—but far above the great.“

—  Thomas Gray

III. 3, Line 16
The Progress of Poesy http://www.thomasgray.org/cgi-bin/display.cgi?text=pppo (1754)

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