Country Churchyard Essays

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

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    Formal 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

  • 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 tone

  • 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

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

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    Dialogical and Formalistic Approach to Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard Elegy in a Country Courtyard, by Thomas Gray, can be looked at through two different methods. First the Dialogical Approach, which covers the ability of the language of the text to address someone without the consciousness that the exchange of language between the speaker and addressee occurs. (HCAL, 349) The second method is the Formalistic Approach, which allows the reader to look at a literary piece, and

  • Dialogic and Formal Analysis of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard

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    in a Country Churchyard By combining the formal and dialogical approaches, patterns and voices within the text seemingly interplay and overlap to reveal a deeper sense of the author's intentions. While the formalistic analysis focuses on the text and the unfolding themes within, the dialogical analysis recognizes "...the essential indeterminacy of meaning outside of the dialogic - and hence open - relationship between voices" (HCAL 349). When applied to "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," these

  • A Comparison of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard and Bryant's Thanatopsis

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    A Comparison of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written in a Country Churchyard and Bryant's Thanatopsis Thomas Gray and William Cullen Bryant both chose to write about nature and death being intertwined. Since Thomas Gray lived in a time of social injustice, he chose to use death to illustrate the problems inherent in a socially stratified society. William Cullen Bryant, on the other hand, lived in a rapidly expanding young nation that cherished the vast amounts of untouched nature and he used

  • 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

  • Pastoralism In 18th Century Poetry

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    often looks to nature and the simple life as a retreat from the complications of a society in which humans have become degenerate. Two poems from this era which we have studied, The Thresher’s Labour, by Stephen Duck, and An Elegy Wrote in a Country Churchyard, by Thomas Gray, fit well into this category of literature. The first poem, The Thresher’s Labor, gives a first-hand account of the hard life of a farm worker. Lexico LLC’s Online Dictionary defines the verb “thresh” as: “To beat the stems and

  • Examples of Authors Who Wrote Elegies

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    the truth about a side of a persons life, that no one knows about. An elegy could be a real breath taker, if taken the right way. There are many well known elegy authors. One of them is Thomas Gray. Gray wrote the elegy “Written in a Country Churchyard.';In Gray’s poem, he compares the life of a human with a day. The morning would be the person when they were young. High noon would be around middle age. The evening would be when they are elderly. For the obsticles people have to go

  • Romanticism In Literature

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    Romanticism In Literature Romanticism in literature, began around 1750 and lasted until 1870. Different from the classical ways of Neoclassical Age(1660-1798), it relied on imagination, idealization of nature and freedom of thought and expression. Two men who influenced the era with their writings were William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, both English poets of the time. Their edition of “Lyrical Ballads';, stressed the importance of feeling and imagination. Thus in romantic

  • Addisons "Campaign" and Grays "Elegy".

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    Addison's "Campaign" and Gray's "Elegy". (Joseph Addison)(Thomas Gray) Rodney Stenning Edgecombe. Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2004 Heldref Publications In the meditation set at the heart of the "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," which he completed in 1750, Gray notes that deprivation curtails opportunities for evil as well as for good. Chief amongst these is violent individual ambition, which Gray deplores (in marked contrast to Addison's "Campaign" of 1704, which had celebrated the military success

  • 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

  • Comparative Elegies~Similar or Different?

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    elegy authors are able to convey their deepest remorse and grief through the eloquent use of the English language. Three elegies in which show the possible interpretations and moral convictions of death are “Elegy for Jane”, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”, and “A Satirical Elegy”. Jane's unfortunate death in an equestrian accident prompted one of her professors, the poet Theodore Roethke, to write a moving poem, "Elegy for Jane," recalling his young student and his feelings of grief at her loss

  • 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

  • Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

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    Philip Pirrip was unable to pronounce either his first name or his last; doing his best, he called himself "Pip," and the name stuck. Now Pip, a young boy, is an orphan living in his sister's house in the marsh country in the west of England. One evening, Pip sits in the isolated village churchyard, staring at his parents' tombstones. Suddenly, a horrific man, growling, dressed in rags, and with his legs in chains, springs out from behind the gravestones and seizes Pip. This escaped convict questions

  • Elegy by Thomas Gray

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    Elegy Written in a Country Chrchyard Thomas Gray’s Elegy laments the death of life in general while mourning long gone ancestors and exhibiting the transition made by the speaker, from grief and mourning to acceptance and hope. It was written in 1742 and revised to its published form in 1746, and is one of the three highlights of the elegiac form in English literature, the others being Milton’s “Lycidas” and Tennyson’s In Memoriam. It was first published, anonymously, in 1751, under the title

  • 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

  • The World Is Too Much With Us

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    The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth In the churchyard of Grassmere’s Saint Oswald’s Church, lies a simple tombstone laid in reverence to William Wordsworth; now one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. “The World is Too Much With Us” is one of many excellent poems written by William Wordsworth during the early 1800’s. The poem’s theme revolves directly upon the material inclination of the world, and the tragic result of human kind losing sight of all things truly