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What is graveyard poetry Explain Gray's elegy in the light of Graveyard poetry?


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September 19, 2007 2:23PM

Many early poems were eulogies meant to honor or recall the deeds and accomplishments of the departed. Recitations of such works were often given at the gravesite or at memorial services - thus the reference as "grave yard poetry". Many metaphors and abstract symbols were often used in such works. It was generally left to the listener to interpret or pretend to understand the author's meaning. In addition to the praise of noble deeds or lauding of accomplishments, careful reading may reveal a note of sarcasm or critism of the deceased is sometimes present.