Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard Teaching Guide

  • 10 pages
  • Subject: Allusion, Historical Context, Imagery, Literary Devices, Metaphor, Themes, Vocabulary, Lesson Plans and Educational Resources

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So you’re going to teach “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” Thomas Gray’s poem has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time you’ve taken students through this classic English poem, these teaching tips will help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you. Teaching Gray’s elegy, especially from a new perspective, will give students insight into the literary traditions of eighteenth-century neoclassicism and the early influence of romanticism, which became the dominant literary philosophy in the nineteenth century. Let’s look at several things to keep in mind before you begin.

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