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graveyard poets

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A term applied to 18th‐cent. poets who wrote melancholy, reflective works, often set in graveyards, on the theme of human mortality. Examples include T. Parnell's ‘Night‐Piece on Death’ (1721), E. Young's Night Thoughts (1742), R. Blair's The Grave (1743), and Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Church‐Yard (1751), the best‐known product of this kind of sensibility.

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