Thomas Gray Poet

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard Summary by Thomas Gray

The famous 18th-century poet Thomas Gray was born December 26, 1716, Cornhill, London. Gray’s childhood was full of troubles because his father, Philip Gray, who was a wealthy scrivener in London, often treated his mother harshly and violently. It was the year of 1725 when Thomas Gray was sent to Eton. At Eton, he was