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What happens in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard? In "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," the speaker strides the countryside at dusk, lamenting the deaths of all men, particularly the poor. He evokes the cycles of the natural world to meditate on the inevitability of death for all, including himself. The speaker observes the landscape, watching the plowman and his cattle heading home and noting the descending gloom and "moping owl." Seeing the grave sites in the shade of a yew tree, the speaker considers the deaths of poor men and rich men alike, lamenting that the poor die before they can make a mark on the world. He praises the modesty of the graves in this churchyard and realizes that death consigns all men, poor and rich, obscure and renowned, to a fate of oblivion. He then imagines how a humble old farmer will see him after his own death. Thomas Gray probably began “ Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” about 1746.
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