Who is Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often called Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican, and a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography calls him "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson was selected by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, he attended Pembroke College, Oxford until lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher, he moved to London and began writing for The Gentleman's Magazine. Early works include Life o...
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Samuel Johnson Poems

  • Gnothi Seauton
    When Scaliger, whole years of labour past,
    Beheld his lexicon complete at last
    And weary of his task, with wond'ring eyes,
    Saw, from words pil'd on words, a fabric rise, ...
  • Lines
    Written in Ridicule of Certain Poems
    {of Thomas Warton} Published in 1777.

    Wheresoe'er I turn my view, ...
  • The Winter's Walk
    Behold, my fair, where'er we rove,
    What dreary prospects round us rise,
    The naked hill, the leafless grove,
    The hoary ground, the frowning skies. ...
  • On Seeing A Bust Of Mrs. Montague
    Had this fair figure, which this frame displays,
    Adorn'd in Roman time the brightest days,
    In every dome, in every sacred place,
    Her statue would have breathed an added grace, ...
  • Autumn
    Alas! with swift and silent pace,
    Impatient time rolls on the year;
    The Seasons change, and Nature's face
    Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe. ...
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Crimaiota: "almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." (samuel johnson)
Bindumadavicult: raj ekkadunna raje “the true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” - samuel johnson.
Johnshaplin: emerson had nothing good to say about samuel johnson, he regarded him as a hateful person but he seems to have liked burke.
Lukesky54800511: 1942 there probably wasn't a worse way to grow up. there was griff,vinci,zab and johnson and then there was the sergeant. he made the patch they wore on their shoulders he made the big red one. this is the big red one. this is the incredible story that samuel fuller...(1/2)
Fionamarymccall: “if i had any malice against a walking spirit, instead of laying him in the red-sea, i would condemn him to reside in the buller of buchan.” - dr samuel johnson, a journey to the western islands of scotland (1775)
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If I walk in Autumn's even
While the dead leaves pass,
If I look on Spring-s soft heaven,--
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Winter's wondrous frost and snow,
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