Thomas Gray

(1716-1771 / London / England)

Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard - Poem by Thomas Gray

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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Form: Elegy


Comments about Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray

  • Ravi A (12/26/2016 10:45:00 PM)

    Immortal verses
    There can be so many poems on the same theme but this one is really an outstanding one by all means. Actually, this poem marks the beginning of the modern poetry. See how the poem opens with the description of an evening scene and slowly proceeds to the life of the peasantry folk and to the village church graveyard. This is poetry.

    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,

    Thomas Alva Edison's favorite piece of poetry was stanza nine of this poem.

    The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
    And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,
    Awaits alike the inevitable hour:
    The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

    I bow with all humility before this great poet of all times.
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  • Seamus O' Brian (12/26/2016 11:22:00 AM)


    Sweeping and profoundly moving. A true masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/26/2016 2:10:00 AM)

    Noble rage
    Useful toil! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/26/2016 12:29:00 AM)


    Thanks for sharing+++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (4/27/2016 7:56:00 PM)


    This is Thomas Gray's finest creation. The finest Elegy ever written in the history of English Literature. I wonder, if ever, anything close to this would ever be written again. This is a rare, classic, masterpiece about death, dying and after-death - it must be hung upon museum walls to be admired like one admires rare masterpieces of art - for this is one... this is one... this is one! (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2015 3:28:00 PM)


    I enjoyed reading it...very nice (Report) Reply

  • Arya Goswami (12/4/2015 4:51:00 AM)


    Better has been in history those hearts born with incense of true poetries with poems just like the one written by this man. The verses so much does to one's heart soothes the nerves. Even the finest of some prose ever read! (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2015 8:12:00 AM)


    Death is supreme truth. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (12/5/2014 2:00:00 AM)


    Lo immortality hid in this poem thanks (Report) Reply

  • (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.~
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  • 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

  • (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! !
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  • (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

  • (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.
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  • 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

  • (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.
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  • (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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