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Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, and Other Poems, Oliver Goldsmith's the Deserted Village, the Traveller, and Other Poems (Classic Reprint) Paperback – 24 Aug 2012
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It includes his best known poem, Elegy Written in a
Country Churchyard, as well as Hymn to Adversity, The
Progress of Poesy and Ode on a Distant Prospect of
Eton College as well as eleven others. His poetry is often
somewhat pessimistic and melancholy, but it is very well
written, often faultlessly written, and not exaggerated but
very realistic in the sense that life itself is tragic and we
all find times to mourn.
Gray's Elegy is very quotable and much quoted:
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
Just the sort of passage one might find in a
dictionary of famous quotations.
Thomas Gray was born at his father's house in
Cornhill. London on December 26, 1716.
Part of his education was going on The Grand Tour,
visiting all sorts of historic places in Europe and
the East which was very much in vogue at that
time. It was considered a sort of equivalent for
a college education and unintentionally laid the
groundwork for the travel industry.
When Gray's father died in 1741, he lived for a
time with his mother at Stoke Poges. In 1742
he went to Peterhouse College at Cambridge,
receiving a B.A, in Civil Law and becoming a
resident of that college. From then on till 1759
he divided his life between Cambridge and Stoke
Poges. Although he was a member of Peterhouse,
it was at Pembroke College that he found his real
friends a made his true life.
The Deserted Village is a poem by Oliver Goldsmith
published in 1770. It is a work of social commentary,
and condemns rural depopulation and the pursuit of
The location of the poem's deserted village is unknown,
but the description may have been influenced by
Goldsmith's memory of his childhood in rural Ireland,
and his travels around England. The poem is written in
heroic couplets, and describes the decline of a village
and the emigration of many of its residents to America.
In the poem, Goldsmith criticises rural depopulation,
the moral corruption found in towns, consumerism, enclosure,
landscape gardening, avarice, and the pursuit of wealth
from international trade. The poem employs, in the words of
one critic, "deliberately precise obscurity", and does not
reveal the reason why the village has been deserted. The
poem was very popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries, but also provoked critical responses, including
from other poets such as George Crabbe. References to the
poem, and particularly its ominous "Ill fares the land"
warning, have appeared in a number of other contexts.
His poem begins:
Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheared the labouring swain,
Where smiling spring its earliest visit paid,
And parting summer's lingering blooms delayed,
Dear lovely bowers of innocence and ease,
Seats of my youth, when every sport could please,
How often have I loitered o'er thy green,
Where humble happiness endeared each scene!
How often have I paused on every charm,
The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill,
The decent church that topt the neighbouring hill,
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade,
For talking age and whispering lovers made!
This gives us the nostalgic flavor of this wonderful