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Elegy Definition

Poetry Definition of Elegy

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 Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Premium Member Poem A Chorus Sang Its Last Concerto Lane, Lin Elegybeach, emotions,
Shine Robinson, Greta Elegydeath, sleep,
Premium Member Poem Causalities of War George , Elaine Elegydeath, war,
Premium Member Poem Of Perfect Beauty Robinson Jr., Freddie Elegyallusion, america, religious, truth,
Premium Member Poem Kingdom of Ruin Robinson Jr., Freddie Elegydeath, judgement, religious, truth,

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.

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