PARSONS, THOMAS WILLIAM. Born in Boston, August 18, 1819; died in Scituate,
Massachusetts, September 3, 1892. Thomas William Parsons was
an admirable classical scholar and a student and translator of
Dante. His fame as a
poet rests largely upon his splendid "Lines on a Bust of
Dante," although he did much other verse of a high order.
Educated at the Boston Latin School and at home, he went in early
youth to Italy and there, during several years of study, made
a metrical translation of the first ten cantos of the "Inferno."