Category Archives: Poetry and Death

Summary of Thomas Gray’s: “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is one of “the best-known and best-loved poems in the English.” For each of its stanzas I provide [in brackets] a brief explanation of its meaning which may not be clear to a modern ear. Continue reading Summary of Thomas Gray’s: “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

William Ernest Henley’s “Margaritae Sorori” – A Poem About Accepting Death

“Night with Her Train of Stars and Her Great Gift of Sleep”

(This Edward Robert Hughes painting was inspired by William Ernest Henley’s poem “Margaritae Sorori.” The title of the poem is Latin for “Sister Margaret.” Henley’s daughter Margaret died when she was five years old.) Continue reading William Ernest Henley’s “Margaritae Sorori” – A Poem About Accepting Death