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A Week in Literary History

December 26th, 2002

English poet Thomas Gray (Elegy in a Country Churchyard, 1751) is born in London in 1716.

grayengravingThomas Gray, b. December 26, 1716, d. 1771

Gray is now remembered almost entirely for one poem, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), which gave us such phrases as “paths of glory,” “celestial fire,” “some mute inglorious Milton,” “far from the madding crowd,” “the unlettered muse,” and “kindred spirit.” Gray himself preferred a couple of his Pindaric odes, and others occasionally mention Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College. But most poets would sacrifice much to have written only the Elegy.

Suggested Reading Poetry The Complete Poems, ed. H.W. Starr, 1966.

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