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Robert Blair, (1699 —1746) was a Scottish poet remembered for his single poem, The Grave, which was influential in giving rise to the graveyard school of poetry.
Enclyclopedia Britannica describes The Grave (1743) as a long, uneven poem in blank verse, reflecting on human mortality in mortuary imagery. "Though it appeared a year after Edward Young’s The Complaint: Or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality, it is apparently uninfluenced by that work but reflects the general tendency to exploit sensibility and pathos that coexisted peacefully with 18th-century Rationalism. The Grave has none of the oppressive self-pity or pretentiousness of Night-Thoughts. Its blend of Scottish ghoulishness and brisk sermonizing is presented in Shakespearean rhythms with a certain natural cheerfulness. William Blake made 12 illustrations that appeared in the 1808 edition." (Encyclopedia Britannica online, accessed 26/07/19).