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Discuss the characteristics of the literature of sentiment and sensibility in Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."

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Eighteenth-century literature of sentiment and sensibility was written to evoke feelings or emotions. Literary critic Ann Jessie van Sant distinguishes sentiment as describing feelings associated with the mind and sensibility as describing feelings associated with the body; other critics say it is difficult to separate the two. In any case, the literature of sentiment and sensibility is often characterized by a melancholy mood and a focus on the simple life and on suffering.

In "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard ," the theme is death and the poems sets the melancholy tone from the first stanza, where the...

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