He was educated at the grammar school of the town under Robert Luck, who had published some Latin and English poems. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but being weary, according to Dr Johnson, "of either the restraint or the servility of his occupation," he soon returned to Barnstaple, where he spent some time with his uncle, the Rev. John Hanmer, the Nonconformist minister of the town.
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A member of an ancient but impoverished Devonshire family, Gay was educated at the free grammar school in Barnstaple. He was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London but was released early from his indentures and, after a further short period in Devonshire, returned to London, where he lived most of his life. Among his early literary friends were Aaron Hill and Eustace Budgellwhom he helped in the production of The British Apolloa question-and-answer journal of the day.
At the age of 10, Gay was orphaned and his uncle, the Reverend John Hammer, agreed to take care of him. After finishing his education at the Barnstable Grammar School, Gay went to London to be an apprentice to a silk merchant. Inin his late twenties, Gay was a secretary to the Duchess of Monmouth. He also worked as a secretary to Lord Clarendon.
The English playwright and poet John Gay is best known for "The Beggar's Opera," a skillful blend of literary, political, social, and musical satire. John Gay was born on June 30,in Barnstaple, Devonshire. Orphaned at age 10, he was sent to the local grammar school until, aged about 17, he was apprenticed to a silk dealer in London.
As a young man Gay spent some time apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but he eventually turned to journalism. He became friends with the poet, dramatist and essayist Aaron Hill, and helped him and Eustace Budgell in the production of The British Apolloa popular journal of the day. From to Gay was steward in the household of the Duchess of Monmouth.
John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Operaa ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
A burlesque Miltonic ode to the virtues of the grape: "Such is thy pow'rful influence, thou strait Dispell'd those Clouds that lowring dark eclips'd The whilom Glories of our gladsom Face, And dimpled Cheeks, and sparkling rolling Eyes, Thy chearing Virtues, and thy worth proclaim" p. The first editions were anonymous. While Wine has been little admired by later critics, it was plainly a favorite of eighteenth-century poets, launching a distinct sub-series within the sequence of imitations of Philips's The Splendid Shilling : gin, beer, ale, and punch all had their laureate poets.