Who is Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican and a generous philanthropist. Politically, he was a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is the subject of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, described by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".

Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford, for just 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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  • 2l3dnuxtnarw1ok: the true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction. samuel johnson
  • Tweetz789: nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.- samuel johnson
  • Casamariausa: “exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.” ~ samuel johnson
  • Quinnfairchild: one thing i do love about being back in school is all the discovery. so many writers i might never have read otherwise! only recently came across lydia davis and am now devouring “samuel johnson is indignant”
  • Lichfieldlore: i'm also trying to help a group of residents in lichfield research their road, where samuel johnson's father had a parchment factory and anna seward's friend had a botanic garden and bathhouse.
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In this mimic form of a matron in years,
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Not a trace of decline, what a wonder is she!
No dimness of eye, and no cheek hanging low,
No wrinkle, or deep-furrow-d frown on the brow!
Her forehead indeed is here circled around
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