Sunday, December 26, 2021

Dec. 26: Thomas Gray, English poet


Thomas Gray (1716-1771) English poet. His Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is believed to have been about the "rustic poor" buried in the graveyard at St. Giles' parish church at Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire, England; Gray himself is now buried in that same ground. The mockingly-elegiac "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes" has a completely different effect.


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