[n] a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
A poem of mourning, or, a sad and thoughtful poem about the death of an individual.
Elegy by Ambrose Bierce
The cur foretells the knell of parting day;
The loafing herd winds slowly o'er the lea;
The wise man homewards plods; I only stay
To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.