Thomas Gray: Transitional Poet. Mrs. Cumberland. Objectives. To become acquainted with the work of Thomas Gray To examine the elegy To study an example of the literary transition from Neoclassical to Romantic literature. Thomas Gray. Born in London on December 26,1716
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A poem lamenting the death of a friend or a famous person
Compare Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” or Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom”
A speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person- especially referring t a funeral oration
Note: Gray’s “Elegy” does not refer to a particular death, but rather reflection of the lives of people buried in the churchyard and, by extension, of humankind in general.Definitions