What is the figure of speech in "An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" from Lines 1-28?figure of speech from 1 to 28

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Thomas Gray, the poet, employs an extended metaphor in the first 7 stanzas to compare the end of humans' life and the mourning for their loss to the end of a day. His use of colors such as grey, sounds such as animals who are readying for the night or the bell "knelling," and images such as a "mouldering heap" of turf illustrate the close of not only the day but also of a life that will never experience those colors, sounds, or images again.

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