Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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An analysis on "Elegy written in a Country Churchyard"

"Elegy written in a Country Churchyard" is composed by Thomas Gray.The main idea of this poem is the contemplation of mortality. Thomas Gray's life was surrounded by loss and death. In 1750, the death of his close friend stimulated him to brood on the philosophy of death. An elegy is a poem which lamets the dead. In this poem, the poet concentrated on the death of commen people instead of great and famous one. The biggest achivement of the poem is the idea of democracy. Gray depicted the suffer of the poor masses and voiced his dissatisfaction with the society. Gray was not a prolific writter and did not produce many works. However, "Elegy written in a Country Churchyard" has brought him great reputation and a timeless respected place in literary history. The poem enjoys incredible popularity among world wide literature critics and commen readers who praise the language, theme and other aspects of this elegy. The poem is also regarded as the most renowned graveyard poet in the world,which no other poems of the same type can surpass. This poem was written exactly at the end of the Augustan Age and at the beginning of the Romantic Period. The stamp of the age was reflected evidently in the poem.Gray combined a classis form typical of the Augustan era with contents and attitudes portrayed from the Romantic Period.This special combination makes his poem unique and different from others'. The poem employs diversified rhetorical devices to manifest the theme.Firstly, the writter used personification many times.That endowing human traits to non-living objects make the abstrac things more lively and vivid.For example, "Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,Their homely joys, and destiny obscure; Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile,The short and simple annals of the poor". Here, ambition and grandeur take on human characteristics. Secondly, the use of omatopoedia also highlight the poem. For...
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