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Meter in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Meter Examples in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard:

Text of the Poem

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"ply..."   (Text of the Poem)

"Ply" is a shorthand form of "apply." Gray shortens this word in order to fit the rhythm of his lines. "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" is composed in heroic quatrains of iambic pentameter. Using the word "apply" would throw off the rhythm of the poem.

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