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Definition of: Elegy

Poetry Definition

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.

Top 5 Elegy Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Shine Robinson, Greta Elegydeath, sleep,
Premium Member Poem The Stone George of Canada, Elaine Cecelia Elegydeath, love,
Premium Member Poem Causalities of War George of Canada, Elaine Cecelia Elegydeath, war,
Premium Member Poem Laid to Rest George of Canada, Elaine Cecelia Elegyfather,
Angela's Right Hand Wilkerson, Ginna Elegyfaith, health, loss, peace,

Standard Definition

[n] a mournful poem; a lament for the dead



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Misc. Definitions

\El"e*gy\, n.; pl. {Elegies}. [L. elegia, Gr. ?, fem. sing. (cf. ?, prop., neut. pl. of ? a distich in elegiac verse), fr. ? elegiac, fr. ? a song of mourning.] A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation. --Shak.