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Elegy Written in a Country Chrchyard Thomas Gray's Elegy laments the passing of existence in general whilst mourning long tail ancestors and exhibiting the transition made by the speaker, from grief and mourning to acceptance and hope. It was composed in 1742 and revised to its published form in 1746, and it is among the three highlights of the elegiac form in British literature, others being Milton's "Lycidas" and Tennyson's In Memoriam. It was first published, anonymously, in 1751, under the name "An Elegy wrote in a Country Churchyard." Although believed to be started in 1742 that the exact date of composition of the Elegy, apart from the concluding stanzas, cannot be exactly determined. The Elegy was concluded at Stoke Poges in June, 1750, where Gray was buried. The churchyard as described by Gray is average rather than certain; of the five disputed "originals" Stoke Poges bears the least resemblance to the graveyard in the Elegy. The movie starts off dark and dreary often rousing images of death. The first four stanzas establish the timing and setting of this poem. There was a curfew around the time that this was composed and the first line affirms this. It was wrung at eight o’clock as a sign for extinguishing fires and marked the end of the day. The first stanza also comprises a "plowman"(line 3) who, after a challenging day, is on his way home. There is a "solemn stillness"(line6) which also indicates twilight or any time in the evening. Line 15 places the speaker in the poem at a graveyard. "Each in his narrow cell forever laid" refers to individuals resting forever in their narrow cells, which are usually associated with coffins or the narrow graves they had been placed into. The speaker of the poem then goes on to ...