'elegy Written In A Country Churchyard" By Thomas Gray: "The Paths Of Glory Lead But To The Grave."

624 words - 2 pages

The poem 'Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray glorifies and sympathizes with the common village people who are not are not famous because of the simple pastoral lives they lead. It is said that this poem was written in the memory of the poet's dear friend West who was also a simpleton.The poem starts with the poet setting the theme of the poem. He describes the time in the evening when the framers wrap up their work to go home and everything is still except for the droning of the beetles, the lowing of the herds and the complaining of the owls that have been disturbed by the bright moon beams. The poet mentions our 'rude forefathers' who have died and are now buried under the land they once ploughed. The poet says that these dead farmers will never wake up from the silence of death. They will never wake up to an incense kindled morning, never have their children greet them when they return home from work as they have left all these things when they died.The poet pleads with the readers to not mock these simple people who are not dead. He has personified virtues of the rich, like grandeur, flattery, ambition, memory and said that even though these people did not possess these virtues of the rich, they still share the same final resting place at the time of death. He says that no amount of richness, decorated graves and sculptures can bring them back from the dead.The poet goes on to say that even in these village folks, there must have been men who possessed the qualities of being powerful and rich. The only things that stopped these people from being wealthy were the lack of knowledge and their acute poverty. If destiny had given these people...

Find Another Essay On 'Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray: "The Paths of Glory Lead but to the Grave."

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

584 words - 2 pages Dialogic and Formal Analysis of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written 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

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

586 words - 2 pages Written in a Country Churchyard" is to describe the absurdity of social class injustice, using the inevitability of death as the equalizing factor. But at the same time, Gray shows this in terms of gender as well. By attributing female characteristics to superior beings or qualities and illustrating death as being blind to social class and gender, Gray shows the injustice of not only social class distinctions, but of gender distinctions as well.  

Elegy Written in a Church Courtyard by Thomas Grey

1538 words - 6 pages different messages. Figurative language can deepen the meaning of a message, while form can give the reader a hint about the poem’s theme. Meticulously choosing the proper form for a poem is vital to conveying an author’s message. For example, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is written in Elegy form. An elegy is a type of lyric poem used to memorialize and mourn a person’s death. Grey uses the elegy form to memorialize and mourn all of

Objectification in An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard

1389 words - 6 pages is the only means for the poor and the land to be freed from society. Works Cited: Gray, Thomas. "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard." in Damrosch, David. The Longman Anthology of British Literature: Volume 1C The Restoration and the 18th Century. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc. 1999.

All Paths Lead to Love in the Practice of Meditation

1463 words - 6 pages All Paths Lead to Love The path which one chooses to follow is unique and often idiosyncratic in comparison to those around them. In the novel, Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, the young protagonist quickly separated himself from the path of his brethren in search of his own destiny. Much is similar in Geshe Michael Roach’s Meditation and Jess Row’s For You, where the main characters of both short stories escape their comfort zones in search for

Importance of the settings in The Signal-Mans by Charles Dickens, The Grave by the Handpost by Thomas Hardy and The Red Room by H.G.Wells

3484 words - 14 pages Charles Dickens, and "The Grave by the Handpost" by Thomas Hardy. All of the stories have eerie and mysterious settings, and were all written and set during the nineteenth century. The stories all show aspects of nineteenth century life, and the ideas of the time, including ideas about class, which are often very pronounced in the stories.In "The Red Room", by H.G. Wells, a man visits Lorraine castle, to try and spend a night in the supposedly

Misogyny in the Poem "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" by Thomas Gray

1718 words - 7 pages the growth of the unsuspected reign of female poets and their ideologies may prove that he illustrates diction that relates to the treatment of women during the time his poem was published in 1748. The poet proposes the notion that women could not survive in a world full of feminine ideologies. Thomas Gray negatively critiques women by portraying them as a commodity of trade, by stereotyping their needs and desires and by depicting them as

Review and analysis of the poem "America" by Allen Ginsberg - written as a lecture, but is in essay format

585 words - 2 pages , Allen Ginsberg appears quite overly infantile and immature in his response to America's actions, as if he isn't a part of them. He speaks as if America is his parent- or a separate entity to himself, and is satisfied winging to it. He acknowledges the large and international issues present, for example the atom bomb threats and "human war", but refuses to budge from a narcassistic viewpoint, talking of material desires, alcohol, sex, of that I

Tess of the D'Urbervilles- written by Thomas Hardy Tess's downfall and the men in her life

779 words - 3 pages Tess of the D'Urbervilles is considered to be a tragedy due to the catastrophic downfall of the protaganist Tess. From the early days in her life, her father John had begun to destroy her, which then led to Alex D'Urbervill and eventually finished with Angel clare. Each dominant male figure in her life cocntributed to her tragic downfall which the reader encounters at the end of the novel. It is unfortunate how one woman can be ruined by the

The Labyrinth of Life in The Garden of Forking Paths by Yu Tsun

1630 words - 7 pages The Labyrinth of Life in The Garden of Forking Paths by Yu Tsun A labyrinth is classically a human construction designed to confuse. It can trap our lives, hiding our past and future and constantly forcing us to make choices, even though we may not know what the consequences of those choices might be. The confusion of the puzzle may even tempt us to run blindly through the labyrinth, ending in disaster. Life itself is often considered such

Appreciating Rain on a Grave by Thomas Hardy

617 words - 2 pages This poem presents its composer, Thomas Hardy, through a persona of grief over his late wife.The poem is contextualized immediately after Mrs. Hardy’s death as the widowed persona stands by her grave. The poem moves from third person perspective through to a first person point of view. It reflects on the persona’s guilt of mistreating his late wife before her death and his yearning to be with her in the present.‘Would I lay there

Similar Essays

Gray's “Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard”

2257 words - 9 pages “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

Death In A Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard By Thomas Grey

669 words - 3 pages 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

Dialogical And Formalistic Approach To Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written In A Country Churchyard

830 words - 3 pages 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

A Comparison Of Thomas Gray's Elegy (Eulogy) Written In A Country Churchyard And Bryant's Thanatopsis

1827 words - 7 pages 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