by Ambrose Bierce
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About the Poem:
A parody of Thomas Grays's Elegy Written in a Country Court Yard. It is an example of the Sicilian quatrain which consists of 10 syllables and 5 stresses for each line.
About the Poet:
Bierce was largely self-taught. But when he left service in the Civil War he settled in San Francisco and began publishing a local newspaper. He began to write and publish his own stories and linked up with Bret Harte and Mark Twain. He married well, went to Europe to live, and when he returned he was a polished, witty gentleman.