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For more poems, see the Academy of America Poets

 

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Born on December 30, 1676, at Bampton, Oxfordshire, John Philips was educated at Winchester from 1691 and Christ Church, Oxford, from 1697. Of his poems, The Splendid Shilling (1701), at first published anonymously, and Cyber (1708) were the most highly regarded in his time. The first imitated Milton, and the second Virgil's Georgick.

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The standard edition of Johnson’s verse is the sixth volume of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson: Poems, ed. E. L. McAdam, Jr., and George Milne (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1964).

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