By Maddie Cureton


The Elegy began as an ancient Greek metrical form, and is a traditionally written in response to the death of a person or a group. Their are three traditional elegy mirror, the three stages are, a Lament- where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then Praise, and Admiration of the idealized dead.


Elegy started to be written in poems when Thomas Gray began writing in a Country Churchyard in 1746. At this time with elegiac poetry, gives the poem an appropriate stately pace.


It has consisted of a continual thrust to transcend the defining physical limitations of the art, from Wordsworth jettisoning.

Example of poetic form

With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;
In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountain start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.

Work Cited

Gray, Thomas. "Poetic Form For Elegy." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.