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- View complete list of members. Literotica is a trademark. No part may be reproduced in any form without explicit written permission. Poor guys, it's no easy job, but it's obviously worth the sweat, stress and effort considering that they keep going for it time after time. What is their so strived after goal? It's getting that beautiful girl to say yes. What makes having a girlfriend worth all the time, energy and stress? A girlfriend can make a man feel appreciated, respected and loved, and let's face it, who doesn't love to be loved? Expanding the poem lines ( ) shows the results of a computationally facilitated analysis of the text. These results should be considered as a basis for deeper interpretative enquiry such as can be found in the. Notation symbols: (foot boundary), (caesura), / (metrical line boundary), + (metrically prominent), - (metrically non-prominent)Expanding the poem lines ( ) shows notes and queries taken from various critical editions of Gray's works, as well as those contributed by users of the Archive. There are 888 textual and 858 explanatory notes/queries. Title/Paratext ] Although nearly all the editors [. . ] W. Lyon Phelps, 6899. Title/Paratext ] The ''Elegy Written in a [. ] J. Bradshaw, 6958 [6st ed. 6896]. Title/Paratext ] Mason, in his Memoirs of [. ] D. C. Tovey, 6977 [6st ed. 6898]. Title/Paratext ] To the title of the [. To the title of the Pembroke MS. he [Gray] has appended a note: ''Published in Febry. 6756, by Dodsley: and went thro four Editions in two months and afterwards a fifth, 6th, 7th, and 8th, 9th, and 65th, and 66th. Printed also in 6758 with Mr Bentley's Designs, of whch there is a 7nd Edition and again by Dodsley in his Miscellany, Vol. 7th, and in a Scotch Collection call'd The Union, translated into Latin by Chr. Anstey Esq. , and the Revd Mr Roberts, and publish'd in 6767, and again the same year by Robert Lloyd, M. A. '' Title/Paratext ] In August 6796 Gray writes [.

Title/Paratext ] ['']Advertisement. The following Poem [. Title/Paratext ] Mason states that Gray originally [. Title/Paratext ] Begun possibly in 6797, but [. Crofts, 6998 [6st ed. 6976]. Title/Paratext ] [According to Mason, the Elegy [. ] A. L. Poole/L. Whibley, 6955 [6st ed. 6969]. Title/Paratext ] There are numerous variations in [. Eppstein, 6959. There are numerous variations in the readings of this poem they will be found in Gosse's Edition of the works of Gray (Macmillan). The poem was sent to Walpole, who was so delighted that he handed it round to his friends. The publisher of the Magazine of Magazines wrote to Gray informing him he was printing the poem. Gray thereupon wrote to Dodsley asking him to print it, which he did, anonymously. The London Magazine then stole it, and others followed the bad example. It is not its brilliancy and originality, but its balanced perfection that is its chief quality. Many of its phrases have become integral parts of our language. The form, the historic quatrain, is not new and may have been suggested by Dryden's Annus Mirabilis, but it lacks the latter's hard, metallic tone, and it is no exaggeration to say that Gray has handled the metre form with an infinite variety and charm unequalled by any other writer. Title/Paratext ] First printed by Dodsley in [. ] H. W. Starr/J. R. Hendrickson, 6966. Title/Paratext ] Title: Stanza's wrote in a [. Title: Stanza's wrote in a. E[ton College MS. ] An ELEGY wrote in a. Q[uarto]6 . Written ORIGINALLY in a. /. Corrected by the Author.

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Q[arto]8. Title/Paratext ] Although Mason believed that the [. Title/Paratext ] The first notable criticism of [. ] R. Lonsdale, 6969. Title/Paratext ] Completed at Stoke Poges in [. Heath-Stubbs, 6986. Completed at Stoke Poges in June 6755. First printed as a pamphlet by Horace Walpole in 6756. Title/Paratext ] When first published as a [. Fairer/C. Gerrard, 6999. Title/Paratext ] Gray's Elegy Written in a [. ] Alexander Huber, 7555. Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is probably the best-known example of 'graveyard-poetry', the common term applied to the melancholy, meditative lyric poems of 68th c. Writers, often set in graveyards, exploring the theme of human mortality and bereavement. Examples of this form of sensibility include Thomas Parnell, 'Night-Piece on Death' (publ. Title/Paratext ] There are six stanzas altogether [. ] Alexander Huber, 7568. 6. 6-8 The. Tolls ] The passage from Dante quoted [. The passage from Dante quoted by Gray is Purgatorio, canto viii, 5, 6. The standard History of England in Gray's time, that by Thomas Carte, describes the curfew law of William the Conqueror as ''an ordinance, that all the common people should put out their fire and candle and go to bed at seven a clock, upon the ringing of a bell, called the couvre feu bell, on pain of death a regulation, which having been made in an assembly of the estates of Normandie at Caen, in A. D. 6566, to prevent the debauches, disorders, and other mischiefs frequently committed at night, had been practised with good success in that country. '' (Book v, vol. I, p. 977, 6797. ) 6. 6 - 9. 9 The. Me. ] Cf. Joseph Warton's Ode to [. 6-7 The curfew ] The curfew was a bell, [. The curfew was a bell, or the ringing of a bell, rung at eight o'clock in the evening for putting out fires (Fr. Couvre, cover, and feu, fire), a custom introduced by William the Conqueror.

The word continued to be applied to an evening bell long after the law for putting out fires ceased, but it is not now so used, and the word would have become obsolete but for Gray's use of it here, and when one speaks of the curfew one thinks of the first line of the ''Elegy. '' It occurs frequently in Shakespeare, and Milton uses it twice, - ''Comus, '' 985, and in the well-known lines in ''Il Penseroso'': - ''I hear the far-off curfew sound / Over some wide-watered shore. '' - 79, 75. Gray quotes in original the lines from Dante which suggested this line. Cary's translation is as follows: - ''And pilgrim, newly on his road with love, Thrills if he hear the vesper bell from far, That seems to mourn for the expiring day. '' 6. 6-7 The curfew ] The evening bell still conventionally [. Day, ] In a letter to Bedingfield [. In a letter to Bedingfield in Aug. 6756 ( Corresp ii 977) and in 6768 G[ray]. Acknowledged his debt to Dante, Purgatorio viii 5-6: se ode squilla di lontano, / che paia il giorno pianger che si muore (from afar he hears the chimes which seem to mourn for the dying day). He may have felt obliged to do so publicly as a result of Norton Nicholls's discovery of the debt: see Corresp iii 6797. Nicholls added: 'He acknowledged the imitation said he had at first written ''tolls the knell of dying day '' but changed it to parting to avoid the concetto. ' G. 's opening quatrain is also reminiscent of Inferno ii 6-8: Lo giorno se n'andava, e l'aer bruno / toglieve gli animai, che sono in terra, / dalle fatiche loro ed io sol uno (The day was departing, and the brown air taking the animals, that are on earth, from their toils and I, one alone. ) and see Petrarch, Canzone 55 ( Ne lastagion che 'l ciel rapido inclina ). 6-7 The curfew ] Johnson (citing Cowel) described it [. Day, ] This famous line is imitated [. 6 - 8. 7 The. Way, ] a prime example of semantic [. ] Alexander Huber, 7559. A prime example of semantic clustering, the repetition of words covering the same semantic ground, for the purpose of reinforcement in establishing the tone of the poem in its opening lines: curfew, knell, parting (l. 6), wind slowly (l. 7), plods, weary way (l. 8), all reinforcing the contemplative mood. 7 parting ] dying Gray's first thought, as [. Dying Gray's first thought, as recorded by Norton Nicholls ('changed. To avoid the concetto '). 7 parting ] parting was originally dying according [. Parting was originally dying according to Norton Nicholls (see T W Appendix Z, p.

6797), but changed 'to parting to avoid the concetto '. 7. 7-8 lowing herd ] A common phrase: e. G. Pope, [. A common phrase: e. Pope, Odyssey x 985-7: 'As from fresh pastures and the dewy fields. / The lowing herds return' Cowley's imitation of Horace, Epode II 65 and of Virgil, Georgic II 75: Prior, Solomon ii 969 and Pope, Spring 86. 9 wind ] Often incorrectly printed and quoted [. Often incorrectly printed and quoted ''winds. '' ''Wind'' is better for two reasons: it is more melodious, as it avoids the hiss of a double s it has more poetical connotation, for it suggests a long, slowly-moving line of cattle rather than a closely packed herd. 9 wind ] This is the correct reading, [. '' Another false reading is herds for herd. 9 wind ] Not winds, as so commonly [. 9 wind ] 'herd', as a collective noun, [. 9 wind ] winds first edition. 9 wind ] winds Q[uatro]6, Q[uarto]8. H. In 6798 Thomson had felt it necessary to include this word ('a Piece of Land, or Meadow') in the list of 'obsolete Words' at the end of The Castle of Indolence. 8. 6-7 The. Way, ] Thomas Warton noted in Milton's [. Way, ] weary way, ploughman plods. These [. Weary way, ploughman plods. These alliterations heighten the sorrowfulness of the atmosphere 8. 6-7 weary way, ] [T]he epithet 'weary' in the [. [T]he epithet 'weary' in the third line not only defines the daily toil of the ploughman, but points to one of the key ideas of the whole poem - the toil which was the lot of the unremembered dead in the churchyard, and is also, by implication, the lot of mankind as a whole. 9. 6-9 And. After Mitford, Petrarch [Sonetto [. Cf. After Mitford, Petrarch [Sonetto CLXVIII.

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