Edward Young

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Young, Edward


Baptized July 3, 1683, in Upham, near Winchester; died Apr. 5, 1765, in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. British poet.

Young studied law at Oxford University. An adherent of classicism in his early works, he exposed the exhaustion of its principles in his prose essay Conjectures on Original Composition (1759). Young won literary fame with the religious didactic narrative poem The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (parts 1–9, 1742–45). Written in blank verse, Night Thoughts contained sorrowful meditations on the cares and transitoriness of life and on the vanity and futility of human strivings. A classic example of sentimentalist literature, it gave rise to the graveyard school of poetry.


The Complete Works, vols. 1–2. London, 1854.
In Russian translation:
Plach, parts 1–2, 3rd ed. [Translated by A. M. Kutuzov.] St. Petersburg, 1812.
Mysli ob original’nom sochinenii. St. Petersburg, 1812.


Levin, Iu. D. “Angliiskaia poeziia i literatura russkogo sentimentalizma.” In the collection Ot klassitsizma k romantizmu. Leningrad, 1970.
Cordasco, F. Edward Young: A Handlist of Critical Notices and Studies. New York, 1950.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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(Edward Young also considers suicide in his Night Thoughts [V: 434-95], but this section is not included in the anthology.) While none of these authors condones suicide, and the more religiously conservative amongst them mention suicide only to denounce it, its trace throughout this collection is a reminder of the slippage between an ardent yearning for a good, Christian death and a transgressive desire--to use an eighteenth-century phrase--to rush into the presence of God.
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He replaces Edward Young, traditionally believed to be the direct source for Lugubrious Nights, for different English authors (Akenside, Goldsmith) more attuned with the desolate view of death and the plea for universal solidarity at the core of the Spanish 1771 text, but also brings to the forefront the Spanish roots of Cadalso's thought: the work of ascetic moralists, such as Luis de Granada, who dwell in the horrors of death, or classic texts such as La difunta pleiteada, by Lope de Vega, which has the similar argument of a grieving lover trying to recover the corpse of a woman from her grave.
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Edward Young When something good happens it's a miracle and you should wonder what God is saving up for you later.
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About 1794, the bookseller Richard Edwards commissioned William Blake to make designs for an edition of Edward Young's Night Thoughts.
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