The Poet Without a Name: Gray's Elegy and the Problem of History

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Southern Illinois University Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages

Henry Weinfield offers a new reading not only of the Elegy itself but also of its place in English literary history. His central argument is that in Gray’s Elegy the thematic constellation of poverty, anonymity, alienation, and unfulfilled potential—or what Weinfield calls the "problem of history"—is fully articulated for the first time, and that, as a result, the Elegy represents an important turning-point in the history of English poetry.

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Henry Weinfield is special lecturer in humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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