Elegy meaning

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The definition of an elegy is a mournful piece of music or is a poem written as an ode to the dead.

An example of an elegy is a poem written to honor a deceased man.

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A poem composed in elegiac couplets.
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A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation.
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A composition that is melancholy or pensive in tone.
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Any poem in elegiac verse.
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A poem or song of lament and praise for the dead, as Shelley's “Adonais”
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Any poem, song, etc. in a mournfully contemplative tone.

Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

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Origin of elegy

  • French élégie from Latin elegīa from Greek elegeia from pl. of elegeion elegiac distich from elegos song, mournful song

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1514, from Middle French elegie, from Latin elegia, from Ancient Greek ἐλεγεία ᾠδή (elegeia ōdē, “an elegaic song”), from ἐλεγεία (elegeia), feminine of ἐλεγεῖος (elegeios, “elegaic”), from ἔλεγος (elegos, “poem or song of lament”), perhaps from Phrygian.

    From Wiktionary