Charles Wolfe

(4 December 1791 – 21 February 1823 / Blakhall, County Kildare)

Charles Wolfe
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Charles Wolfe was an Irish poet, chiefly remembered for his "exquisite elegy", The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna

Family

Born at Blackhall, County Kildare, the youngest son of Theobald Wolfe of Blackhall - grandson of Richard Wolfe of Forenaughts House in the same county - and his wife Frances, daughter of Rev. Peter Lombard. Charles Wolfe's grandfather was a first cousin of Arthur Wolfe, 1st Viscount Kilwarden and the godfather, but widely believed to be the natural father, of Theobald Wolfe Tone.

Education

Not long after he was born, his father died and the family moved to England. In 1801, Wolfe was sent to a school in Bath... more »

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  • ''But he lay like a warrior taking his rest
    With his martial cloak around him.''
    Charles Wolfe (1791-1823), Irish poet. The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna (l. 11-12). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
  • ''Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
    As his corse to the rampart we hurried;''
    Charles Wolfe (1791-1823), Irish poet. The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. ...
  • ''We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,
    But we left him alone with his glory.''
    Charles Wolfe (1791-1823), Irish poet. The Burial of Sir John Moore after Corunna (l. 31-32). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
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