This gives us another glimpse into the relationship Miss. As "The Plow-man homeward plods his weary Way," 3 he leaves behind the realm of the pastoral for the speaker to deal with. For Gray, this is the darkness of death. This poem, however, does not create this "darkness" of death as an everlasting sleep. Rather, the importance of the pastoral is kept safe, and has the ability to influence generations of socially-influenced people that there is a world of peace and simplicity awaiting them, if they choose to look for it.