Thomas Gray Essay - Breanna Kinneman Grays Use of Language...

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Breanna Kinneman Gray’s Use of Language Thomas Gray, one of the famous graveyard poets during the Romantic era, finished the poem “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” in 1751. Throughout this poem, Gray uses techniques to create a mood and make one reflect on death through the use of Aristotle’s Rhetorical Triangle, because each point of the triangle holds part of the responsibility for the success in communicating the meaning of the text; the other part comes from how the reader interacts with the text to create the poem. Gray’s use of language through rational appeals, emotional appeals, and ethical appeals creates a meaning of his poem that common people in death are the same as powerful people because each point is essential in communication between the reader and the text for the reader to fully grasp the meaning. Rational appeals, or logos, appeal to the reader through logical reasoning by forming an idea or message. In lines 33-36 Gray writes, “The boast of heraldry, the
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  • Spring '12
  • Ms,Jones-Witthuhn
  • English, Elegy, Meaning of life, Thomas Gray

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