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Poetry & Remembrance: Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard - Professor Belinda Jack

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Published on May 15, 2015

A critical examination of one of the greatest works of British Poetry: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and...

There are two versions of Gray’s famous ‘Elegy written in a Country Churchyard’. They are both about how we may be remembered, a thought that often comes to us when we’re in a graveyard reading gravestones. But the poem is also about more common experiences, of isolation, of family, of ambition. Why did Gray write two versions?

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