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 while comparing Gray’s “Elegy” to other poems. Gray indites in heroic quatrains, four line stanzas with an iambic pentameter. Iambic pentameter is the designation given to a line of verse that consists of five iambs. Iambs being one …show more content…
Shakespeare seems absorbed in physical resplendency when reading Sonnet Nineteen. His aperture line, “Devouring time…” time is eating up all of earth’s creatures. All of the resplendency is eaten up by time. Gray utilizes the theme of time by imaging what the mundane man of this country churchyard did during their life. Instead of being upset about time passing, glomming resplendency within the world, and not capitalizing on the time given to us, Gray is appreciating the time the deceased has had. “For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn, / or diligent housewife ply her evening care: / no children run to lisp their sire’s return, / or climb his knees the envied kiss to apportion.” Here, Gray is reminiscing the times a certain man might return home and appreciating the affection of his family. Other poets might visually perceive time as an exasperation; Gray optically discerns it as a treasure to be cherished. When comparing Gray’s “Elegy” to John Milton’s “Lyciads”, we discover a drastic difference. Both men indited in replication to a death of their friend. Gray’s poem reflected mental conceptions of the past lives of the mundane people found within the country churchyard. He is asking us to accolade the lives of the people he has discovered in this graveyard. Gray develops relationships between these dead and nature. In stanza seven, “Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield, / Their furrow oft the obdurate glebe has broke;
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