30 poems of Margaret Atwood. Poole/L. Death mows down all with an impartial hand'; Mallet, Excursion i 290-2 'Proud greatness, too, the tyranny of power, / The grace of beauty, and the force of youth, / And name and place, are here-for ever lost! The texture of these stanzas is fanciful, consciously 'poetic', archaic in tone. Admittedly, to convince Walpole, Mason must have produced a persuasive argument that he was right in believing G. began the Elegy in 1742. 1898]. " Gray might have found the same expression nearer home in a more apposite context, e.g. It describes a man who sees his high school sweetheart at a high school reunion. Hendrickson, 1966. 69.1-3 The ... pangs] "The struggleings pangs, &c. Fraser [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. 1898]. "'Till we with trophies do adorn thy tomb', Titus Andronicus I i 388.". What evidence could Mason have adduced that it was even begun in this year? thorn.'] Poems can also provide inspiration for headstone epitaphs. hour.] The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn. 1898]. It may therefore be assumed that Walpole first saw the opening 12 ll. You can add notes or queries to any part of the poetic text by simply clicking on the line in 88, the only place in Milton's poems where 'precincts' occurs: 'Not far off Heaven in the precincts of light.' "'And stammering Babes are taught to lisp thy Name', Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel 243.". p. 565, a futile reference) ''Whose little arms around thy legs are cast, / And climbing for a kiss prevent their mother's haste.'']. friend.] Title/Paratext] "Completed at Stoke Poges in [...]" J. Heath-Stubbs, 1981. Tytler, Esq., Of Woodhouselee, Another [Epigram On The Said Occasion... On A Henpecked Country Squire], Apology For Declining An Invitation To Dine, Burlesque Lament For The Absence Of William Creech, Publisher, Death And Dying Words Of Poor Mailie, The Author's Only Pet Yowe., The. 292.'']". Hendrickson, 1966. Gray seems to mean 'who ever was so much a prey to dumb Forgetfulness as to resign life and its possibilities of joy and sorrow without some regret?' "Rowe, Fair Penitent II i [...]" R. Lonsdale, 1969. 117.1-9 Here ... earth] "''how glad would lay me [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. "the subject of the verb is the 'hour'. (In his own lifetime, G. was already having to deny that he had been describing a churchyard he had never visited.) R. Lonsdale, 1969. R. Lonsdale, 1969. But there are other parallels with G.'s image and thought: e.g. 116.6 yon] "that with yon written above, [...]" H.W. Lloyd in his Latin translation strangely mistook ''lowly bed'' for the grave.". - Egerton and Mason [...]" E. Gosse, 1884. - [...]" E. Gosse, 1884. The words of Gray himself to Mason recur to the mind 'all I can say is that your elegy should not end with the worst line in it.' "By the Heath-side, & at Eton, with Along the written above By the, side deleted, and near written above at.". "the tree that he was fond of lying under (lines 101-104); not necessarily that he preferred the beech to other kinds of trees, but this beech was his favourite resort.". The moon has her light all over the sky, her dark spots to herself. "It is ''at the foot'' of a beech that Gray describes himself as ''squatting,'' in a letter to Walpole (already quoted, note on line 17 of the ''Ode on the Spring''), and there he ''grows to the trunk for a whole morning.''". But throughout the history of English literature, famous poets have been drawn to the city of London… 93.1 - 96.7 For ... fate,] "If chance that e'er some [...]" E. Gosse, 1884. Her close observations of birds, animals, plants, and … G.'s reflections on the inevitability of death and the dangers of ambition and power are connected with his visits in that month to various royal homes, with a number of recent royal deaths, with the famous trial in Westminster Hall of three Jacobite peers involved in the '45 rebellion, and with the triumphant return of the Duke of Cumberland from quelling that rebellion in the previous July. Fraser MS.And in our Ashes glow their wonted Fires. "G[ray]. 37.1 - 38.8 Nor ... raise,] "Eton, Wharton, Commonplace Book and [...]" R. Lonsdale, 1969. 1898]. 35.1 Awaits] "This is Gray's reading in [...]" J. Bradshaw, 1903 [1st ed. 79.3 rhymes] "Rhime. 1898]. are the subject after all. lyre.] 1891]. In addition, there is little to suggest, apart from the quatrain itself and the occasional echo, that G. was influenced by Hammond's Elegies. lawn.] "Cp. 2.4 wind] "This is the correct reading, [...]" J. Bradshaw, 1903 [1st ed. 41.5 animated] "As if alive or breathing. To quench the blushes of ingenuous shame. We remember that Jesus was born in a manger, and walked as a humble suffering Savior. 19.5 or] "& Commonplace Book, Wharton." Phelps.". . 39.5 aisle] "G[ray]. But Dr Bradshaw affirms that there is no hyphen in the printed copies published in Gray's lifetime. The 'hoary headed swain' is perhaps himself 'no scholar' (as he would put it), but presumes that the enquirer is more accomplished.The change has the further advantage that Gray thus adopts a poetic device, such as Pope's ''Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise.'' blood.] fires.] Thomson, after describing 'laborious man' at work in the fields, Spring 52-4: 'Nor, ye who live / In luxury and ease, in pomp and pride, / Think these lost themes unworthy of your ear.' 1891]. "So Drayton in his Moses, [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. 37.1 - 38.8 Nor ... raise,] "Forgive, ye Proud, th' involuntary [...]" A.L. Cp. 'Or crazed with care, or crossed in hopeless love. "I have printed 'woeful-wan' (with a hyphen) on the faith of Mr Gosse, who professes to print from the edition of 1768. "With hasty Footsteps brush the [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. Is it not more likely that G. showed him only some twelve lines because he had written no more and more likely, in addition, that he had written them fairly recently? "The humble bed in which [...]" J. Bradshaw, 1903 [1st ed. Starr/J.R. Cp. grave.] 93.1 - 96.7 For ... fate,] "In Fraser MS. Gray thus [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. Starr/J.R. . The poem uses a metaphor to describe Lincoln leading the U.S. through the Civil War, only to die just as the country begins to celebrate. "Prior, Solomon iii 319-20: 'can Nature's Voice / Plaintive be drown'd'; Thomson, Liberty iii 122: 'The voice of pleading nature'; Akenside, Pleasures of Imagination ii 357-8: 'the faithful voice of nature'. "G[ray]. It is in the main Carlyle who has rehabilitated Cromwell in the popular mind.". 1898]. " 1898]. B[entley's Designs]." ''From Ambrose Philips, The Fable of Thule: ''Like woodland flowers, which paint the desert glades, / And waste their sweets in unfrequented shades. Cf. "Cp. How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! - Original MS. [Mason [...]" J. Bradshaw, 1903 [1st ed. 1891]. share.] 1919]. To this day Galicia proudly calls her their own. in Shakespeare 'away' [on way] sometimes means 'hither': and for 'at' in the sense of 'to' cf. 1898]. Starr/J.R. soul.] 'Along the heath and near his favourite tree; 'Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he; 'Slow through the church-way path we saw him borne. "And ... glow Pembroke and Wharton MSS. Although the fire change my body to ashes, the sorrowing dust shall feel the pious care); Propertius, Elegies II xiii 42: Non nihil ad verum conscia terra sapit (Not at all unconscious and witless of the truth are the ashes of man: i.e. H.W. 53.1 - 54.7 Full ... bear:] "Mitford cites Milton, Comus, 22: [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. share.] This memory fits easily enough with G.'s own statement in June 1750 that Walpole had seen the beginning of the Elegy 'long ago'. Chalfont, in which is the cottage where Milton finished ''Paradise Lost,'' is only a few miles from the ''Churchyard'' of the ''Elegy. "Many parallels have been cited for this passage. Pope, Temple of Fame, [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. "---There was some precision required [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. - vi. - 37.". The figure of the Poet is no longer the urban, urbane, worldly, rational Augustan man among men, with his own place in society; what G. dramatises is the poet as outsider, with an uneasy consciousness of a sensibility and imagination at once unique and burdensome. Yet this section of the poem seems certainly to have been written in about 1750. A love poem will not always be long and flowery. H.W. 68.1 And] "Or Wharton MS." A.L. Starr/J.R. [...]" D.C. Tovey, 1922 [1st ed. Address To The Unco Guid, Or The Rigidly Righteous, Address To Wm. 's Alcaic Ode 17-20 [...]" R. Lonsdale, 1969. Pope, Eloisa to Abelard 174-5: 'And here ev'n then, shall my cold dust remain, / Here all its frailties, all its flames resign'; and 316: 'For God, not man, absolves our frailties here.'". H.W. The second interpretation being just that which the hyphen precludes, the hyphen is better retained.". 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