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The Equalization of Death

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The equalization of Death In Dictonary.com, it states that an elegy is "a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, esp. a funeral song or a lament for the dead." It generally expresses feelings for the deceased. Gray's poem Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard reflects on the lives of people buried in the graveyard of a church. In the eyes of many, Gray uses a broad metaphor comparing the end of a day to the end of humans' life and the sorrowfulness for their loss. His use of sounds such as the bell, animals readying for the night, and colors such as grey all demonstrate the close of not only the day but also of a life that will never experience those colors, images, or sounds again. ...read more.


Probably, the most important theme of Gray's poem is the idea that everyone should remember that he/she must die. As Gray considers this feeling, he concludes that in death there are no differences between the common people and the well-known. Everyone is bound to die and that everyone is equal in the grave no matter if they were rich or poor. In fact, as the speaker continues his observation of the unfamiliar people in the graveyard, he reveals that: Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid/Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire; Hands, that the rod of empire might have swayed or waked to ecstasy the living lyre. ...read more.


sober wishes never learned to stray; Along the cool, sequestered vale of life, They kept the noiseless tenor of their way, (Lines 73-76). So basically, all of the people that are buried in the graveyard are all equal and not superior to each other. This idea is one that that everyone can appreciate, which is that the great equalizer, the grave, comes to all. Moreover, there are lines such as "The paths of glory lead but to the grave," (Line 36) helping to strengthen the idea that what is wondered about awaits all human beings everywhere, with power or without power. Gray uses these kinds of lines to help readers better understand that in death, all people are family, facing the same great unknown. . ...read more.

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