Elegy Poetry

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Elegy poetry

The purpose of this kind of poem is to express feelings rather than tell a story. Thomas Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is a poem that reflects on the lives of common people buried in a church cemetery, and on the nature of human mortality. The noun elegy was borrowed in the 16th century from Middle French élégie, from Latin elegīa, from Greek elegeia, from elegos "mournful poem or song."


The Greek term elegeia originally referred to any verse written in elegiac couplet and covering a wide range of subject matter (death, love, war). The term also included epitaphs and commemorative verses. The Latin elegy of ancient Roman literature was most often erotic or mythological in nature. Because of its structural potential for rhetorical effects, the elegiac couplet was also used by both Greek and Roman poets for witty, humorous, and satiric subject matter.

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"Elegy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Nov. 2014. Web. 05 Dec. 2014.