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Thomas Gray

(1716-1771 / London / England)

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Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

The Curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
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  • * Sunprincess * (12/5/2013 3:47:00 PM)

    these are beautiful verses.....

    ~Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
    Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
    Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,
    Or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.

    Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its sweetness on the desert air.~ (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (12/5/2013 5:06:00 AM)

    With this single immortal poem Thomas Gray has established his name as best English poet and his special mark in world literature forever! Many best and talented personalities in various fields are there unknown to the world like the humble village people who have toiled, died and resting in peace in the grave yards of the place he has depicted wonderfully in this excellent poem! (Report) Reply

  • Kiran Devarajan (12/18/2012 12:12:00 AM)

    Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

    Truth..I've never read anything so beautiful..The language is so sublime! ...and the philosophy is ethereal! ! (Report) Reply

  • Glenn Baker (3/9/2011 12:03:00 PM)

    This poem about death and eternity defies comment. Permanent truths abound in many of its couplets. (Report) Reply

  • Herman Chiu (12/6/2009 2:05:00 PM)

    Some of the finest use of English in poetry I have read.
    There is indeed opportunity and hope for greatness, evident from this Elegy.
    Finally, somebody puts People on comparable footing. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (12/5/2009 7:27:00 AM)

    A revolutionary poem in social terms - the idea that great men can be bred in the lowliest circumstances cuts across notions that there is some qualitative divide between the rich and poor, or the low and the high classes - and implies that a society where opportunity is given to the many will thrive better than one in which it is monopolised by a small section of it. (Report) Reply

  • Denvor Fernandez (7/21/2009 6:24:00 AM)

    Death is immortal - rich or poor, famous or infamous.We all are equal before death.
    Let us live our lives respecting each other - big or small. That's all Gray wants to say. (Report) Reply

  • Richard Knutson (1/5/2009 9:44:00 AM)

    i have always felt that this is one of the finest ever written, it is one of or perhaps my favorite (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry (12/5/2008 11:07:00 AM)

    Everything from colors to gray the language of this era would leave any but a scholar grasping at so many meanings they could change them for each day of the year...Personally I like the english...hello again.... (Report) Reply

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