elegos = mournful poem

noun: a serious or sad poem or song, sometimes composed for the deceased

Word Origin

Its first known use was in 1501. It is based off of the latin elegaic poetic couplets and Greek elegos mourning songs.


She weeped as she read the elegy that she herself composed for her sister's funeral.

The only known surviving document from that village was a funerary elegy, which gives depth to historians' knowledge of the poetic formats used during the time period.

The balladic elegy spoke of hopeless loss and regret, and his cheeks were wet not halfway through reading it.

Although he claims to write about a wide array of subjects, all of his poems seem to end up being elegaic prose; I'm unsure that he has ever composed anything that was not pertaining to death.

Given by the reserved and ceremonious elegy delivered by her brother, it was obvious that the household's sibling relations were not very tight; he lacked any emotion or familiarity in his voice, despite the fact that many others were stricken with grief at her loss.

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