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The three poets and their poems which are concerned in this essay are Oliver Goldsmith V The Deserted Village Thomas Gray V An Elegy Written In A Church Yard James Thomson V The Seasons Winter Many different styles of poetry were used during the 18th century Much 18th century poetry is described as neoclassical a revival of classical aesthetics and forms This was the major style used throughout the century Writers used particular vocabulary phrase formations and technical terms This is the style which these three poets used The poets and their respective poems each have obvious or unobvious relations to rural life and society In the next few paragraphs I shall be outlining each of the poets and their poems connections to rural life and society Oliver Goldsmith Goldsmith wrote his poem The Deserted Village by drawing upon his childhood memories of the village which he spent most of his childhood in named Lissoy situated in County West Meath Ireland This poem was written shortly after his brother Henry died in 1770 which caused an outburst of emotions This poem rests on the combined effect of the juxtapositions of rural bliss devastation and his happy sad memories Goldsmith uses heroic couplets in The Deserted Village to lament loudly and passionately the social wills which was leading to the vandalism of British country village life Even just by reading the title it is obvious The Deserted Village has relations to rural life Once the poem has been read there can be no argument that it contains charming yet melancholic vignettes of rural life He sees rural life and society as emptiness in the world as the destroyers of the human race Everyone in the world is all alone there is not one person place or thing you can totally trust Sooner or later they will leave you forcing you into feelings of sorrow and abandonment as
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