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Elegy in a Country Church-Yard and Other Poems (Paperback) Loot Price: R284
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Elegy in a Country Church-Yard and Other Poems (Paperback): Thomas Gray
Elegy in a Country Church-Yard and Other Poems (Paperback): Thomas Gray

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Elegy in a Country Church-Yard and Other Poems (Paperback)

Thomas Gray

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... NOTES NOTES ON THE TRAVELER The first draft of The Traveler was some lines which Goldsmith wrote in 1755, when in Switzerland, and enclosed in a letter to his brother Henry. We do not know which lines these were, but they were probably the introductory ones about his home and his brother, and possibly the ones describing Switzerland. Some years later, this fragment, with some changes and additions, was shown to Dr. Johnson, who commended it and urged Goldsmith to complete the poem. Dr. Johnson suggested for it the title of The Philosophic Wanderer, which Goldsmith had the good taste to reject, though he accepted some of his friend's rather stately lines. You will find, on page seventeen of the Introduction, an account of the writing and publication of The Traveler. It came out in a quarto volume, December 19, 1764, dated 1765, and was the first of Goldsmith's works which bore his name on the title page. Like all his other poems, it was written slowly and polished with scrupulous care. The early editions of The Traveler, which he corrected, are full of improvements, -- changed words, couplets, whole passages. The poem is written in the 'heroic couplet, ' favored by Dryden, Pope, Johnson, and other poets of the classical schools. By examining the poem, you will see that each line consists of ten syllables, an unaccented one being regularly followed by an accented one; the lines rhyme in couplets. This meter is adapted to a formal, rather precise style. Goldsmith, who marks the transition between classicism and romanticism in English poetry, gave the classic meter a natural beauty, a grace and charm which it had never had before. According to the customs of the time, the poem has a didactic theme, -- the opinion that political institutions...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2014
First published: May 2014
Authors: Thomas Gray
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 46
ISBN-13: 978-1-151-28761-8
Barcode: 9781151287618
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LSN: 1-151-28761-X

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