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James Brooke- Smith

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: Topics and Terms Elegy Georgic Literacy and education Elegy: poem for mourning; meant for the dead This is a public rather than a private act of mourning Mournfully celebrate someone that the poet knew No individual person that has died; huge lament, massive grave Style: long way away from Pope Grey loosens form of heroic couplet Mixes registers between high-flown latin style diction and simple, direct anglo-saxon statement Line 33 “The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power” Begins line with sub-clauses (3) Ends with moral “The paths of glory lead but to the grave” Often: in latin, subject comes to the end But uses direct language Form mirrors content of poets Elegy becomes collective We should mourn the peasantry History of Education in Great Britain No education provided by gov’t Some literacy education provided by churches Men’s institutes Elite education is private and is available to middle, upper-middle and aristocratic classes Also, there is a shifting of hierarchy between Latin discourse and modern English Classic forms become less weighted; partially to do with Samuel Johnson 1755 J
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