What is Gray's attitude toward the people buried in the cementery? Toward the rich? Toward the poor?

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An elegy is a poem written to memorialize the dead. In this elegy, Gray shines a light on the lives the poor, obscure people buried in his country churchyard. He tells the reader not to make fun these poor souls, writing:

Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure
Simple laborers who worked the fields lie buried by this quiet church, along with their wives and children. But although never known beyond a small circle of family and friends, their lives nevertheless possess dignity and value.
The rich, Gray argues, are no better than these poor people. How do we know that these simple folk didn't harbor someone with the talents of a Milton or, as the line below states, the ability to be great leaders?
Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd
The poor instead lived steady, quiet lives that ought be admired for their simplicity:
Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray;
Along the cool sequester'd vale of life
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.
It was unusual at the time this poem was published in 1751 to focus verses so completely on poor, ordinary, rural people and treat their lives with dignity. Because of the way this poem elevates simple country folk as worthy of respect, it is often seen as precursor to the Romantic movement, which had as a central credo the showing of humble people in the best possible light.
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Gray’s observations about the anonymity and non-fame of the persons in a rural graveyard concern both low classes and high – “whose boast of heraldry…await alike th’ inevitable hour” – equates the earthly classes in that, whether or not their light shined in this world, they would all be judged equally at the Judgment day.  He also gives acknowledgement to the deeds of the lowly, even though not recognized here – “Full many a gem of purest ray serene” – His line, “The paths of glory lead but to the grave” point out the valuelessness of earthly fame, so the first-person narrator’s (Gray?) attitude toward rich and poor is an attitude of equality in the final analysis.

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