Elegy written in a country churchyard is a poem by thomas gray, completed in 1750 and first published in 1751 the poem's origins are unknown, but it was partly inspired by gray's thoughts following the death of the poet richard west in 1742. Elegy written in a country church-yard , illustration by william blake in english literature, an elegy is a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead history.
Thomas gray, the author of the celebrated elegy written in a country churchyard, was born in cornhill, london, december 26, 1716 his father, philip gray, an exchange broker and scrivener, was a wealthy and nominally respectable citizen, but he treated his family with brutal severity and neglect, and the poet was altogether indebted for the. Thomas gray's elegy written in a country churchyard is one of the best-known and best-loved poems in the english for each of its stanzas i provide [in brackets] a brief explanation of its meaning which may not be clear to a modern ear. Thomas gray robert burns elegy written in a country church yard robert burns to a mouse 8 terms because i could not stop for death, tell all the truth.
Thomas gray's elegy in a country churchyard is one of the truly great poems of english literature there is a classic introduction to the poem by hugh walpole. Elegy written in a country churchyard is a poem by thomas gray, completed in 1750 and first published in 1751  the poem's origins are unknown, but it was partly inspired by gray's thoughts following the death of the poet richard west in 1742 originally titled stanzas wrote in a country.
Thomas gray's elegy written in a country churchyard was first published in 1751 gray may, however, have begun writing the poem in 1742, shortly after the death of his close friend richard west an elegy is a poem which laments the dead gray's elegy written in a country churchyard. Personification became almost an automatic mannerism in 18th-century neoclassical poetry, as exemplified by these lines from thomas gray's an elegy written in a country church yard: oxymoron a figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase.
A famous example of elegy is thomas gray 's elegy written in a country churchyard (1750) in french, perhaps the most famous elegy is le lac (1820) by alphonse de lamartine elegy (french: élégie ) may denote a type of musical work, usually of a sad or somber nature. In elegy written in a country churchyard, the speaker strides the countryside at dusk, lamenting the deaths of all men, particularly the poor he evokes the cycles of the natural world to. Thomas gray, (born dec 26, 1716, london—died july 30, 1771, cambridge, cambridgeshire, eng), english poet whose an elegy written in a country church yard is one of the best known of english lyric poems. Elegy written in a country churchyard is by far thomas gray's most popular poem and is probably still one of the most popular poems in the english language it was an immediate success and. - 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.
Thomas gray wrote elegy written in a country church-yardit was finished in 1750 it was published in 1751 the origin of the poem is unknown it was inspired by the feelings of gray when richard west died in 1742. Thomas gray's an elegy written in a country churchyard exudes the exceptionality and the thought worth of a position in the canon of english literature thomas gray was born on 1716 in london, the only child out of eight who survived through adulthood. A poem by thomas grey elegy written in a country church-yard was analyzed to study the development of the elegy translation in terms of strategies chosen by each translator according to their own literal preferences and the requirements of the epoch's taste in poetry.
The project gutenberg ebook of an elegy wrote in a country church yard (1751) and the eton college manuscript, by thomas gray this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. 'elegy written in a country churchyard', one of the five most famous elegies in english literature, is written by thomas gray who was the poet of the transitional period between neo-classic and romantic.