Rhyme in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Rhyme Examples in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard:
Text of the Poem 1
"ply..." See in text (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.