Tyler Duren

Overview/History of Elegy

The elegy began as an ancient Greek metrical form and is traditionally written in response to the death of a person or group. Though similar in function, the elegy is distinct from the epitaph, ode, and eulogy: the epitaph is very brief; the ode solely exalts; and the eulogy is most often written in formal prose.

Purpose of Elegy (Why are these types of poems written?)

To express Grief and sorrow.

characteristics of elegy

Elegy is a form of literature which can be defined as a poem or song in the form of elegiac couplets, written in honor of someone deceased. It typically laments or mourns the death of the individual.

examples of Elegy

Another Elegy
by Jericho Brown

For the Union Dead
by Robert Lowell

Fugue of Death
by Paul Celan

In Memory of W. B. Yeats
by W. H. Auden

O Captain! My Captain
by Walt Whitman


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