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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

That Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is a powerful and poignant poem is evinced in its immediate success, as well as in the many imitations of this work. In fact, Samuel...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2016 8:21 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

There are numerous figures of speech to be found in Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." A figure of speech is simply a literary device used to intensify imagery and heighten the...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 10:52 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

An epitaph is a tribute written to someone dead. The epitaph of "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is often taken to refer to Gray himself and what he thinks might be written about him after...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 5:55 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” Thomas Gray reflects on several different aspects of death. First, he notes the physical finality of it. The people buried in the churchyard will no...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021 5:30 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

By definition, an "elegy" is a serious reflection for the dead. An elegy also tends to be a lament. Gray's elegy is exactly that; however, he isn't lamenting the death of any one, single...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2017 2:55 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

There's loads! I've picked out some below-Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault,If Memory o'er their tomb no trophies raise, Where through the long-drawn aisle and fretted vaultThe...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2009 5:41 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 1:50 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

One theme that emerges from "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is the way we remember the dead. The speaker wonders what people will remember him for; he considers that perhaps he will be...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 9:53 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray lived and wrote during the neoclassical era of English literature, the period preceding the Romantic era, but scholars and readers have found certain Romantic elements in Gray's "Elegy...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:24 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The speaker in Thomas Gray's "An Ellegy Written in a Country Churchyard" writes of things that will no longer occur for the dead in the churchyard, as well as things the dead will no longer get to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010 8:21 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Neo-classicism was the dominant form in 18th-century English poetry. Such poems, often associated with the work of John Dryden and Alexander Pope, were based on literary models provided by Greece...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2017 1:47 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

"Elegy" comes from the Greek word élegos, meaning "funeral lament." The meaning soon altered so that Latin as well as English elegies, while still poems about death, tend to be melancholic and...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 12:32 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In the famous poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," Thomas Gray glorifies common men by making them equal to men who once had possession of power and heraldry. Gray points out that in...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 5:12 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The setting for “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is a graveyard. A churchyard is another term for graveyard, referring to a graveyard that is specifically attached to a church. When the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 4:04 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray, in Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard, treats nature with the utmost respect. According to the poem, nature holds all of mankind at the same level. The speaker considers the fact...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 4:15 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen" is one of the most famous and frequently quoted lines in Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." It expresses one of the poem's major...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:50 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Gray himself is so moved by his thoughts about the simple, unsung people buried in a graveyard next to a rural church that in the poem's epitaph he expresses a feeling of heartfelt identification...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:41 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In order to fully appreciate the meaning of the thirty-sixth line of "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," it is important to take some contextual clues from the previous stanza: Let not...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

9. Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r 10. The moping owl does to the moon complain 11. Of such, as wand'ring near her secret bow'r, 12. Molest her ancient solitary reign. He is saying it is...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2007 3:32 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," Thomas Gray laments the missed opportunities of Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast The little tyrant of his fields withstood; Some...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:24 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

This narrator's epitaph, or inscription on a gravestone, is potential, not actual. The speaker is still alive. He writes what he wishes to be carved on his tombstone later, after he dies. The...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018 10:07 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

A figure of speech is any use of language that goes beyond the literal meaning of words. It can include effects for emphasis, such as repetition or rhyme. Line 10 uses more than one figure of...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 4:45 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

I would add to what has been said that it's their bad fortune, but it's also the values that society held up to the Romantic movement. Poor people were "interchangable," without the dignity of the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 11:41 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Known for his juxtaposition of established forms and novel sentiments, the energetic poet Thomas Gray combines with great skill the Neoclassical style of his own century with the Romantic ideals of...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2014 11:00 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” Thomas Gray reflects for on the people buried in the eponymous rural cemetery. They were farmers and rural workers who spent their days caring for their...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 3:24 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The speaker finds himself in the churchyard at dusk, or in the early evening. We know this because of the words "parting day" in the first line. The third line of the first stanza confirms this by...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 2:59 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In imagining what the humble people buried in the country churchyard might have become had they been given the opportunity, the speaker uses a series of analogies. He begins in general terms; he...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 12:50 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

With elements of Romanticism in his poem, Thomas Gray's first four stanzas express a communion of nature with the souls of the dead country people. For instance, the words descriptive of nature,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 2:03 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

"The struggling pangs of conscious truth to hide, >To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame, Or heap the shrine of Luxury and Pride With incense kindled at the Muse's flame." Gray is recounting...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013 8:06 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In Thomas Gray's "Elegy" there are numerous features common to the romantic period and romanticism. Firstly is the prevalence of nature and its emphasis as being a place where meditation and deeply...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2009 2:47 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is a poem that is replete with sound devices. ALLITERATION - The repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010 9:43 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The speaker describes those buried in the churchyard as the poor, who have modest, simple graves. The poor were never able to fulfill their political and artistic potential because they were...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2007 8:11 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In stanza 17 of the poem, Gray writes that greatness was denied to the people buried in the churchyard where he stands. While their humble background prevented them from reaching greatness, it also...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 5:04 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The title of this poem establishes the genre: an elegy. Interestingly, though, the person who is being mourned is never directly named. In the beginning of the poem, the speaker is mourning...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 7:22 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

A ploughman (in American English "plowman") is someone who directs a plow through a field by leading a horse or other animal attached to it. The exact line from Gray's "Elegy" is: The ploughman...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 9:23 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In the poem 'Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard' the poet Thomas Gray mourns the unremarked passing of the poor. He wonders what gifts and talents they may have had that we'll never know. It is...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009 1:18 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In this stanza, the writer of the poem is wondering what would happen if he died. He wonders if he died, if a "Kindred spirit" who also likes to ponder the lives of the dead (as he does)...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2009 12:39 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" idealizes the common person by exalting the simple, unsung lives of those who occupy graves in the cemetery adjoining a rural church. As the speaker walks...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:20 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Although Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is not considered to be part of the Romantic canon, its first twenty lines do advance some classic Romantic themes. Most notably, the...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 5:36 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The speaker is the poet himself, Thomas Gray. He is memoralizing the lives of the gone and otherwise forgotten villagers. The isolation of their village,the oppression of the rulers, and their own...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2007 3:45 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

While some elements of "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray could be considered universal, others are prototypically English. The landscape, farming methods, and church bells...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2015 11:16 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Overall, the images in the first stanza of Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" create a mood of melancholy, tiredness, and finality. There are four main images here, one in each...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 8:57 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Although the initial inspiration for Thomas Gray's poem “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” may have been the 1742 death of his friend Richard West, the final version, published in 1751, does...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2015 5:00 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

All of the things you say are correct, and in Gray's poem. Mainly, first and foremost, it's because they are equal in death: Nor you, ye proud, impute to these the fault, If Memory o'er...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2009 8:59 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

An elegy is a poem lamenting a deceased person or, in some cases, a lost time, place, or item. In the case of Thomas Gray's famous poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," the elegy is...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:40 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In this lengthy poem by Thomas Gray, the reader can find an abundance of poetic sound devices, including rhythm/meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia. The poem...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2017 4:43 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

To have an elegiac tone, it needs to adequately convey a feeling of expressing remorse and sadness for something that is past, or lost. In his poem, Thomas Gray mourns for the lost lives of all of...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2009 12:49 am UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

As the narrator visits the graveyard of a country church, he muses on the people who lie buried there. He speaks of them as poor, hard working people who have lived and died without wealth or...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2009 7:46 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

A conventional elegy laments the loss of life, praises the lives of those who have died, and concludes with some form of consolation or acceptance. In "Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard," Gray...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

In the twenty-second stanza of "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," we see Gray reiterate the importance of remembering ordinary people, those “mute, inglorious Miltons” in the churchyard,...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:39 am UTC

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