Lines 93-116 are transition to the next six stanzas where it seems that Gray is addressing himself when he writes: For thee, who mindful of the unhonoured dead, Dost in these lines their artless tale relate, If chance, by lonely contemplation led, Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate. There are two main themes expressed in this poem, one of them being death. The facts as to its publication, etc. It also expresses the intense despair the speaker felt about the lost opportunities for the common man. On one hand, it has the rdered, balanced phrasing and rotational sentimental of Neoclassical poetry. We are told that the owl.
Stanza1 The evening bell ringing in the church marked the departure of the day. If you behold the Magazine of Magazines in the light that I do, you will not refuse to give yourself this trouble on my account, which you have taken of your own accord before now. The mood on the other hand is the overall feeling of a poem and is created by the tone of the poem. In the poem, Gray also uses paradox to suggest that the troubles and worries of life re more enjoyable when he compares them to death. The family is concerned because they will have to go without to raise enough money for the books, and they are already losing work from sending the boy to school. Mansions were passed down from generation to generation and seen as an enduring symbol of a family's power.
It's dark and a bit spooky. He illustrates the beauty of life and to get the point across that life is precious because humans are mortal. He is in search of a country churchyard at a rural scene. And guys, the speaker reminds us, we're all going to die someday. The perfect fitting of the language to the generalities has caused some of the lines and phrases to have an almost proverbial familiarity. Oliver Goldsmith's Deserted Village is about the loss of virtues from a village. Mason seems to have had evidence for the 1742 date sufficient to satisfy Walpole, though what that evidence was we do not know.
The poem emerges as one of the greatest elegies on the fate of humankind in general. John Hampden was considered as a hero; as he was brave enough to defy the authority of King Charles I Cummings. But really, the gentle play of assonance and alliteration in the entire stanza is majestic. I've kept the language easy going, so that everyone can understand the theme of the poem. Gray points out that unlike artists, poets, politicians and celebrities, the common man dies without recognition, praise or applause.
While the beginning and middle of the poem meditated on the advantages and disadvantages of poverty, the tension between rich and poor, and wasted potential, the end of the poem will meditate on how someone can be remembered after they have died. Earthly matters once aluable will no longer matter when a person is dead. I highly recommend you go through the entire analysis and if need more than once! Hearths shall never again blaze for them. The churchyard in the poem is believed to be that of , Buckinghamshire, which Gray visited often and where he now lies buried. Grays poem is reflective towards the questions of life and death and shows sympathy for the underclass society.
At the end, he imagines that the villager points out the epitaph engraved on the tombstone, and invites the passerby to read it for himself. Its melancholy strain and esoteric reflections on human life has made it eternal and universal in its appeal. Lines 5-8: The second stanza sustains the somber tone of the first: the speaker is not mournful, but pensive, as he describes the peaceful landscape that surrounds him. There was in fact a deeply personal feeling behind it, and it was not all written at one time, which accounts for the somewhat unexpected turn the poem takes as it moves to its conclusion. Yesterday I had the misfortune of receiving a letter from certain gentlemen as their bookseller expresses it who have taken the Magazine of Magazines into their hands. Then he shakes his finger at the reader, and tells us not to get all snobby about the rough monuments these dead guys have on their tombs, since, really, it doesn't matter what kind of a tomb you have when you're dead, anyway.
The thirteenth stanza points out two factors that contributed to the unfulfilled dreams of common men: the lack of knowledge and poverty. One of their contributions was their efforts to provide food, as they are mostly farmers. A poem titled Elegy On The Death Of a Mad Dog also has been written. At the same time, the void that often get created in their absence is prolifically described by the poet in these verses. The breezy call of incense-breathing Morn, The swallow twitt'ring from the straw-built shed, The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn, No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed. Share this 'Poem Summary' with your friends via Facebook or any other Social Network after you complete reading it.
However, there was a proclamation that stated that any boy over six years old had to go or a family member would have to go to jail. Dodsley in Pall-Mall; And sold by M. He ponders if flattery can soothe the ear of death to stop in its mission 44. The cock's shrill clarion shall no more rouse them from their perpetual sleep. I'd appreciate if you share your feedback about the poem and intimate me if I need to include anything. All shall face the inevitable hour oneday. The poet opines that some among these humble villagers would have become stars of fame if they had been given opportunities to develop their talents.
But in recent decades its popularity has declined. The analogies he uses here express beauty, while still getting his point across to the reader. In this poem, you will find a complete set of expressions of his personal life, his despairs and frustrations. The speaker starts to imagine the kinds of lives these dead guys probably led. But would not Gray have told Walpole this, and would not Walpole, whose own impressions receive much confirmation from Gray's hints to Wharton in 1746, have recollected it? And there is Tennyson's classic elegy In Memoriam. Gray then goes on to describe the virtues of these simple, rustic people.
But abject poverty hampered their growth towards the paths of glory. The tone of the poem is sad and somber. This happens to be a natural wish, the longing of man when he closes his eyes to confront death. The speaker considers the pleasures that the dead will no longer enjoy and invoke the idea that everyone dies eventually. Now fades the glimm'ring landscape on the sight, And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds; Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r The moping owl does to the moon complain Of such, as wand'ring near her secret bow'r, Molest her ancient solitary reign.