QUESTIONS FOR THOMAS GRAY’S ELEGY WRITTEN IN A COUNTRY CHURCHYARD

1.  What is meant by “the inevitable hour” in line 35 and the “mansion” in line 42?

2.  To what is Gray comparing the “gem” and the “flower” in lines 53-56?

3.  How would you explain the sentiment in lines 77-92?

4.  Does the speaker come to accept his loss at the end of the poem?  Explain your answer.

5.  Gray’s “Elegy” is often quoted.  Which lines do you find the most memorable and why?