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Nature, Philosophy, Religion
The poem "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is written from the perspective of a speaker who describes the churchyard and meditates on the dead buried there and on death itself.
The poet makes use of several tenses in "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard": present to describe the graveyard, past to describe the dead, and future to imagine later visitors' thoughts.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" reflects a shift from the classical elegiac tradition toward the metaphysical meditation found in modern elegiac poetry. The speaker, standing in a country churchyard, memorializes the dead rather than one specific person.
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