Explain the poem "The Country Churchyard".  

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The only poem that I could find which references a country church-yard is Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".  This poem is historically the most famous of the 18th century elegy poems written by one of the Graveyard Poets.

The poem is a typical elegy poem. Elegy poems were mournful and lamenting (normally used in funerals). The elegy contains three specific elements: lament, praise, and then consolation. The lament section of the poem details the grief the survivor of the lost feels.  The praise section offers praise for the deceased. The consolation section offers closure for the...

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