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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: A Poem that Transcends Time and Death

# Literary Devices Used In Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard ## Introduction - Define what an elegy is and give some examples of famous elegies - Introduce the author Thomas Gray and his poem Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard - Provide some background information on the poem's publication and reception - State the main thesis of the article: to analyze the literary devices used by Gray in his poem and how they contribute to its meaning and effect ## Body Paragraph 1: Imagery - Explain what imagery is and how it appeals to the senses - Identify some examples of imagery in the poem, such as the descriptions of the landscape, the animals, and the graves - Analyze how Gray uses imagery to create a contrast between life and death, beauty and decay, and simplicity and grandeur ## Body Paragraph 2: Personification - Explain what personification is and how it gives human qualities to non-human things - Identify some examples of personification in the poem, such as the curfew, the owl, and the urn - Analyze how Gray uses personification to evoke sympathy for the dead, to criticize the pride of the living, and to question the value of fame and honor ## Body Paragraph 3: Alliteration - Explain what alliteration is and how it repeats consonant sounds at the beginning of words - Identify some examples of alliteration in the poem, such as "The curfew tolls the knell of parting day" and "The paths of glory lead but to the grave" - Analyze how Gray uses alliteration to create a musical effect, to emphasize certain words and ideas, and to reinforce the theme of mortality ## Body Paragraph 4: Rhyme Scheme - Explain what rhyme scheme is and how it organizes words that sound alike at the end of lines - Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem, which is ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH... - Analyze how Gray uses rhyme scheme to create a sense of order, harmony, and continuity in his poem ## Body Paragraph 5: Metaphor - Explain what metaphor is and how it compares two things that are not alike - Identify some examples of metaphor in the poem, such as "The boast of heraldry" and "The genial current of the soul" - Analyze how Gray uses metaphor to convey his message about the nature of human life, death, and potential ## Conclusion - Summarize the main points of the article and restate the thesis - Explain why Gray's poem is considered a masterpiece of English literature and a classic example of an elegy - Provide some suggestions for further reading or research on the topic ## FAQs Question Answer --- --- What is an elegy? An elegy is a type of poem that expresses sorrow or lamentation for someone who has died or something that has been lost. Who was Thomas Gray? Thomas Gray was an English poet who lived from 1716 to 1771. He is best known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, which he wrote in 1750. What inspired Gray to write his elegy? Gray was partly inspired by his own feelings of melancholy and loneliness, as well as by the death of his friend Richard West in 1742. He also drew inspiration from his visits to various rural churchyards in England. What are some literary devices? Literary devices are techniques that writers use to enhance their expression, creativity, and meaning. Some common literary devices are imagery, personification, alliteration, rhyme scheme, and metaphor. What is the main theme of Gray's elegy? The main theme of Gray's elegy is the universal condition of human mortality and the equality of all people in death. He also explores the themes of nature, society, fame, virtue, and potential.

Literary Devices Used In Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard

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