Who are the forefathers to whom the speaker refers to in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard?
The forefathers are the village ancestors who have died
What is the inevitable hour that the rich and ambitious share with their forefathers?
the moment of death
According to the speaker, how is the memory of the forefathers preserved?
Their memory is preserved by their tombstones
What is the setting of A Nocturnal Reverie?
The setting is a quiet twilight and night in the country
What does the poet wish for in these final lines?
a break from the hectic cares of daily life
In a A Nocturnal Reverie what is the speaker’s attitude toward morning?
It is a time for renewed toil and activity
What element of neoclassical poetry is demonstrated in the images and phrasing of this Pre-Romantic stanza?
Which elements in this stanza anticipate Romantic literature?
the heightened emotion and nature images
What characteristics mark this passage as Pre-Romantic?
formal structure and language, an attention to nature, and nameless feelings
What is the main idea of the first stanza?
The speaker observes the end of the day as life winds down and darkness sets in
Which of the following accurately paraphrases the stanza?
The dead cry out for rememberance
Which of the following accurately paraphrases the following?
Nature makes the human spirit content and inspires human beings by its beauty
What is the relationship between place and literature in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard and A Nocturnal Reverie?
The peace and isolation found in the settings of the poems gives both poets time to arrive at deep insights at life
What is Pre-Romantic about Gray’s concern for the unknown dead of a country graveyard and Finch’s loving attention to humble creatures?
Both poets imply that value and dignity lie in the simple beauties of life, not in ambitious pursuits
How do the themes in both Gray’s and Finch’s poems anticipate Romanticism?
They deal with common people and the mysteries of life and they emphasize emotion