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Elegy Poems

Read wonderful elegy poetry on the following sub-topics: animals, christmas, death, dog, family, friendship, funny, kids, life, love, music, nature, rhyme, sad, school, sports and more. Read a definition and example (where appropriate).

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.

List of New Elegy Poems

PMPoem TitlePoetCategories  
Braving the Stillness Freddie Robinson Jr. bereavement, dedication, love, spiritual,
A Benevolent Globe of Remembrance Michael Robinson appreciation, bereavement, caregiving, conflict,
Premium Member Poem Riders On The Storm Dear Heart death,
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Just For Mama Janet Celestine Ikwuamaesi death of a friend,
He came - He died - He lives - He reigns Ejire Michael angel, day, earth, easter,
The Cry of a Wounded Nigerian Joseph C Ogbonna anger,
Premium Member Poem Death's Cold Hand Connie Marcum Wong death, grandmother, loss, mother,
Metamorphoses Into Poignant Womanhood matthew harris angel, appreciation, daughter, devotion,
Premium Member Poem Wretched Grief Dear Heart grief,
Premium Member Poem Death's Cold Hand Gregory R Barden dark, death, fear, introspection,
starry eyed cloud of surreal angels matthew harris appreciation, april, crazy, joy,
Premium Member Poem Rain-Drenched Hair Kim Rodrigues murder,
RAIN DRENCHED HAIR Ann Gilmour angst, hair, rain, suicide,
THE BRIDIE PRICE OF AN UNFORTUNATE LADY atere isaac adventure, art, aubade, beauty,
memories back then onward mutapurwa death of a friend,
Alone Without You Yvette Dignos death, goodbye, sad, sad
Over Bacon and Cigarettes Yvette Dignos sad, sad love,
BRING BACK BUHLE NYANDENI ERIC ZWELI africa, allusion, analogy, sister,
Still Loving You DM Babbit absence, time,
March 8th International Women's Day The World Over matthew harris appreciation, beauty, daughter, hero,
The Game Of Life Arjun Jangid death, family, games, introspection,
More Than A Teacher Victoria Lucas appreciation, death, grief,
I Dont Want to Live This Life matthew harris addiction, birth, courage, death,
Forever In My Heart George Asoke death,
BRIGHT BLOOMING STAR Letwin Mpofu anger, love,
Ice Sleep Quickly matthew harris body, confidence, deep, endurance,
I Die A Little More DM Babbit absence, death,
Reclaiming my time Josh Carlsen absence, angst, dad, death,
Heaven's Door Meadow Miller heaven, i miss you,
Death Of Me Hamzat Adams 1st grade, death,
Death I Am Hamzat Adams 1st grade, death,
Dedication Maryna Tchianova anger, break up, city,
Premium Member Poem Bruce Walker, elegy Stephe Watson death of a friend,
A soul's lamment Gibbs Kudzai Kawinga philosophy,
Rehab Gerald Legister betrayal, courage, divorce, forgiveness,
The Show Must Go On Axl A. moving on, music, poems,
Dog in Heaven Jazzy Melnyk dog, love,
Alan Kurdi Muhammad Amin 5th grade, beach, child,
The Renaissance Gerald Legister art, birth, culture, england,
In Memoriam, Jones Fantastic Museum Jessica Amanda Salmonson death of a friend,
Lara Adeyemi Joshua beauty, love,
42 Days of Sadness Yvette Dignos bereavement, death, depression, heartbreak,
Eye Suppose Freddie Robinson Jr. body, identity, lust, spiritual,
Across Each Threshold Annabelle Jane lost love, love, religion,
A Random Felo De Se Yvette Dignos death, depression, loneliness, lost
It Reeks Of Freddie Robinson Jr. dark, death, imagery, visionary,
Sad of times Coriana Carmichael 10th grade, 11th grade,
Tom Mboya Ndiege Felix Abonyo death, dedication, freedom,
The Missing Goodbye Yvette Dignos death, goodbye, heartbreak, loneliness,

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Elegy Poems. Examples of Elegies and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Elegy poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of an Elegy.

Brief Definition

An Elegy is a type of poem that typically expresses a lament for the dead. Its roots are in traditional Greek metrical poetry and there were many written surrounding the deaths of famous figures. Elegies carried an emotional weight due to this subject matter, and their endings would normally be a type of consolation to give closure to those impacted by the death.

Many famous poets wrote elegies, seeing them as a way to explore the powerful emotion that is grief. Some famous elegies include Lycidas by John Milton, In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Walt Whitman. Throughout history, elegies have commonly served as a literary expression of grief and serious reflections.

Regarding their poetic form, there are no rhyme rules for elegies, and it is rather the subject matter that defines them. Although, traditionally elegies will contain three separate parts, beginning with the initial lament, where the speaker expresses their grief and sorrow. The second is praise and admiration of the person speaking about their life and achievements, and then ending with the consolation and solace. 

Elegy Poem Example


Shine as a source of endless light
whose rainbows of colour deter the night
where daydreams are gentle as doves in flight
and sleep the sleep of angels

Shine like a shower of soft moonbeams
Inhabit the sea of a thousand dreams
where laughter and love are timeless themes
and sleep the sleep of angels

Shine like the sun in a golden sky
On warm, sultry evenings, a fragrance, a sigh
an echo of summer as life passes by
and sleep the sleep of angels

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