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February 16, 2013

Gray, Hardy, Rusticity

Thomas Gray

Thomas Gray

On this day in 1751, Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” was published. Gray was a reclusive gentleman-poet and he did not write many poems, but this tribute to the humble life brought him immediate fame and the offer of the poet laureateship; it also became the most reprinted poem of the 18th century, one which Thomas Hardy would love and borrow from for his title, “Far From the Madding Crowd.”

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