David Gray

(1838—1861) poet

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(1838–61) Scottish poet, born in Duntiblae, Kirkintilloch, the son of a handloom weaver, and educated at the University of Glasgow. Befriended by Robert Buchanan and Monckton Milnes, he was struck by consumption; he lived just long enough to see the proofs of The Luggie and Other Poems (1862), the title poem of which is a blank verse celebration of the river Luggie. The sonnets he wrote while approaching death have many echoes of John Keats, whom he greatly admired.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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