graveyard school

graveyard school,

18th-century school of English poets who wrote primarily about human mortality. Often set in a graveyard, their poems mused on the vicissitudes of life, the solitude of death and the grave, and the anguish of bereavement. Their air of pensive gloom presaged the melancholy of the romantic movement. The most famous graveyard poems were Robert Blair's The Grave (1743), Edward Young's nine-volume The Complaint, or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality (1742–45), and Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (1750).
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Voller's anthology, The Graveyard School, is both a valuable and timely addition to the field.
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While the anthology covers the didactic, evangelistic core of the graveyard school that came to prominence mid-century, it also extends beyond this to include cynical uses of graveyard aesthetics, such as Mark Akenside's objections against supernaturalism in an excerpt of The Pleasures of Imagination (1744) and Elizabeth Carter's cogent attack on the "Discontent ...
The graveyard school poetry characterized by its meditations on mortality, melancholy tone, sadness, sorrow and elicited by the presence of graveyard and ruins is an example of such works.
Like other poems of the graveyard school, it is primarily a meditation on death--in this case, death in battle.
Scottish poet remembered for a single poem, The Grave, which was influential in giving rise to the graveyard school of poetry.
Some of the pre-romantics belonged to the eighteenth-century Graveyard School of writing.
These include neoclassic poets such as Alexander Pope; the "graveyard school" of Robert Blair, James Thomson, Edward Young, and Thomas Gray; and the romantics Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Wordsworth.
It is one of the outstanding examples of the melancholy " graveyard school " in 18th-century English literature.
In the 18th century the English graveyard school of poets wrote generalized reflections on death and immortality combining gloomy, sometimes ghoulish imagery of human impermanence with philosophical speculation.
graveyard school Genre of 18th-century British poetry that focused on death and bereavement.
The poem, a blank-verse dramatic monologue of nearly 10,000 lines divided into nine parts, or "Nights," was an enormously popular example of the graveyard school of poetry.