V by Tony Harrison responds to Thomas Gray’s Elegy written in a Country Churchyard. In Elegy written in a Country Churchyard, Gray is utilizing a pyramid as his symbol. He is applying a particular case to normal people, from describing the people in the grave to how people is going to tend up with.
On the other hand, Harrison is talking about his background, his cultural and the fact that he is educated in V. Although the things that Harrison discusses sound general, they cannot be grouped together at that time because a working class is barely educated, and so, this causes Harrison is neither “us” nor “them”. Harrison is the bottom of V. Thus, V is commented upon Gray’s Elegy written in a Country Churchyard by adding the symbol of V to the bottom of pyramid.
In brief, V is parallel to Elegy written in a Country Churchyard because of the symbol that Tony chooses to use as his tittle. The message that Harrison wants to convey is unity can lead to versus but similarity, versus can result in unity.