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  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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    The Declaration of Independence contains a snippet about the equality of men; a topic interesting to 18th century authors. The speakers in Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and in Goldsmith’s “The Deserted Village” utilize the themes of death and isolation in order to represent the different social classes. Goldsmith’s speaker idealizes and mourns the decay of rural life, while Gray’s speaker equalizes the different classes. . This essay examines the difference between these two depictions

  • Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

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    “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is a poem composed by Thomas Gray over a period of ten years. Beginning shortly after the death of his close friend Richard West in 1742, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” was first published in 1751. This poem’s use of dubbal entendre may lead the intended audience away from the overall theme of death, mourning, loss, despair and sadness; however, this poem clearly uses several literary devices to convey the author’s feelings toward the death of his

  • Themes Of Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

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    Deathly Equal A Perspective of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard Life, is commonly not how we act ourselves, but rather how we react to any of the circumstances that we might find ourselves in. Our opinions and perspectives will have more influence over how we conduct ourselves than any sort of fact ever will. The Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard has many underlying themes to go along with the themes that are clearly evident from the surface. Also, we must go to Andrew Dillon and his use

  • Thomas Gray's Eligy Indited in a Country Churchyard

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    Thomas Gray indited a poem that compares to other poems on prodigious levels of kindred attribute, with some differences. The structure of “Elegy Indited in a Country Churchyard” is homogeneous to the four line stanzas of other poetry encountered throughout this semester. Gray utilizes a homogeneous theme of time in his poem, likewise in Shakespeare’s sonnets and Donne’s “The Ecstasy”. Gray’s purport of imagery differs drastically from other poets. To commence, structure is the first thing to descry

  • Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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    Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is significant in that it not only mourns the death of common men but also examines how they ought to be remembered after their death. The speaker does not create a separation between rich and poor but regards everyone as equal. His main goal is to depict the reality that everyone must die. This poem carries a moralistic side about human life. Gray points out that the rich and proud should not mock at the simple life of the poor when in reality

  • Analysis Of Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard By Thomas Gray

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    easily satisfied; he constantly revised his poems and published very little,” (1330). Gray’s meticulousness in producing works for the public to see proves the importance he gave to his public image as a poet. In his elegy “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”, Gray takes his sorrowful view of the countryside graveyard and reflects on the mortality and morality of mankind. While doing so, Gray also examines the social context of the 18th century and creates a position in the poem in which the speaker

  • Death in a Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Grey

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    has passed away, the only thing that is remembered is how hard the person worked, how much they contributed to the common good of society. A famous writer and poet seemed to come to this conclusion in the end. Thomas Grey’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard addresses death as being the great equalizer, the simple people are the ones who matter in society, and only certain things are left behind that really matter after death. Initially, Grey states that death is the great equalizer. Within the

  • Formal Approach to Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard

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    Approach to Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard  Thomas Gray's poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is a very structured poem with a set number of lines per stanza, and a specific rhyme scheme throughout the entire poem. The poem focuses on Gray's thoughts while he visits a country churchyard, and ends with an epitaph written on one of the tombstones in the churchyard. The setting of a country churchyard automatically gives way to a small and unknown graveyard

  • The Pastoral Ideal in Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard

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    The Pastoral Ideal in Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard Thomas Gray’s "Elegy Wrote in a Country Churchyard" portrays the pastoral ideal through many different images. The traditional pastoral notion of idyllic life changes in this poem to form a connection with people themselves. The speaker of this poem creates a process by which laborers come to symbolize the perfection of the pastoral through their daily toils. These people come to represent the ideal form of pastoral

  • Feminist Reading of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard

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    Feminist Reading of Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard   While Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" overtly deals with the distinction between social class and the opportunity for greatness, the poem also contains a subtle yet strong message against the dominant role of men over women in society. Gray's tone throughout the poem is permeated with regret and a sense of something lost, voicing his opinions clearly against social class prejudice. This emotional

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