What major characteristic of Romanticism is evident in the first 20 lines of the poem "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 first twenty lines of Gray's poem describe the kind of isolated world of natural beauty favored by most Romantics.
Though the first twenty lines develop this characteristic, it's pretty completely developed in the first stanza:
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,The plowman homeward plods his weary way,And leaves the world to darkness and to me. (1-4)
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