William Collins

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Birthday
25, 1721
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 12, 1759 (37)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
25, 1721
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 12, 1759 (37)

About

Eighteenth-century English poet whose lyrical works include Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegorical Subjects and Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands. Poet John Langhorne published Collins' collected poems in 1765.

Before Fame

He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. He published his debut literary work, Persian Eclogues, in 1742.

Trivia

He suffered from mental illness and was institutionalized in 1754.

Family Life

His older sister cared for him in the years leading up to his death.

Associated With

He was only slightly less influential than literary contemporary Thomas Gray.