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Percy, Thomas. (1729 - 1811).

L i f e

- a scholarly bishop x but: did not feel pressurised to concentrate his energies on theology only

W o r k

- interested in literature outside narrowly defined canons > pioneered the explorations of alternative literary traditions

T r a n s l a t i o n s :

Hau Kiou Choaan, or The Pleasing History (1761):

- a Chinese novel translated from the Portuguese

Five Pieces of Runic Poetry Translated from the Islandic Language (1763):

- translations from the Icelandic ‘improved’ by the translator, aimed for the market for ‘ancient poetry’ newly opened by James Macpherson’s Ossian

B a l l a d s :

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765):

- a 3-volume collection of ballad poetry, based on various 17th century manuscripts now known as ‘The Percy Folio’

- edited and ‘improved’ x but: with an alertness to the virtues of a plain mode of expression

- also visually pleasing: vignettes on the title pages, copperplate engravings in each of the three parts of the three volumes

> foreshadowed the ballad revival in English poetry characteristic of the Romantic movement

The Hermit of Warkworth (1771):

- his original ballad on the Warkworth castle

- combined the ballad vogue and the vogue for the ‘Churchyard Poets’


"Over the mountains, / And over the waves, / Over the fountains, / And under the graves; / Over the floods that are deepest, / Which do Neptune obey; / Over the rocks that are steepest, / Love will find out the way."

From "The Great Adventurer".


(Painting: Steven van der Meulen. Source: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Born Thomas Piercy. Later Percy. (1729 - 1811). British.
  • Work

    Translator. Ballad writer and collector. Author of Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765).
  • Genres

    Pre-Romanticism. Historicism. Ballad.


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