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Edmund Burke, Volume I1730-1784$
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F.P. Lock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.001.0001

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From a Boy to a Man, 1744–1750

From a Boy to a Man, 1744–1750

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(p.29) 2 From a Boy to a Man, 1744–1750
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Edmund Burke, Volume I
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F.P. Lock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.003.0002

This chapter discusses the college life of Burke at Trinity College. In 1744, his first extant letter reveals a diffident schoolboy overawed by the three grand rooms of his college tutor. Burke's undergraduate record was not exceptional. He ranked among the better students but not with the outstandingly proficient. Several reasons can be suggested for Burke's undistinguished performance as a student: his dislike of a set task, the aridity of the courses and the large part played by rote learning, and the unhappiness of his home life. But above all, the young Burke wanted to be a poet. Poetry predominates in the extra-curricular reading mentioned in his undergraduate letters. By 1748, he and two friends were writing a periodical paper designed to raise the standard of taste in what they perceived as a second-rate, provincial metropolis. Burke had outgrown Dublin, though he did not leave it until 1750.

Keywords:   Trinity College, Dublin, university, letters, poetry

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