1747 in poetry

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List of years in poetry (table)
In literature
Thomas Gray, author of Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, published this year
Thomas Gray, Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (full text here)

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Works published[edit]

The death of Alexander Pope from Musaeus, a threnody by William Mason, published this year.

Works wrongly dated as 1747[edit]

  • William Collins, Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegoric Subjects, published 1746, although the book is dated this year[1]


Tombstone of Gottfried August Bürger, with his preferred birth date ("1 Jan'r. 1748"). Many scholars now accept December 31, 1747

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Birthdate of Gottfried August Bürger[edit]

Gottfried August Bürger (died 1794), German poet and author who wrote stories about Baron von Munchhausen, preferred to think of himself as being born on January 1, 1748, and so celebrated his birthdays on that date. His tombstone is inscribed with it, and many scholars have agreed with him over the generations. Many other scholars, including many modern sources, give December 31, 1747, as the day of birth, as birth records state.


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Burt, Daniel S. (2004). The Chronology of American Literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7.  Retrieved via Google Books.