Elegy

An overview by MaKinzie McFarland

Overview/History of poetic form

Poetry is a art, it express feelings in a deeper manor.

The elegy began as an ancient Greek metrical form and is traditionally written in response to the death of a person or group.

The elements of a traditional elegy mirror three stages of loss. First, there is a lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then praise and admiration of the idealized dead, and finally consolation and solace.

Purpose of Poetic Form (Why are these types of poems written?)

Elegy poetry's purpose is to express sadness or sorrow, personal. Dealing with death.

Characteristics of Poetic Form (How can you and your peers identify it?)

The characteristics of elegy poems, include, sorrow, sadness, loss, grief,praise and admiration, but mainly Death.

Example of Poetic Form

  • O Captain! My Captain!

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!But I, with mournful tread,Walk the deck my Captain lies,Fallen cold and dead.

  • Modern Example of an Elegy

    And as the flames climbed high into the night

    To light the sacrificial rite

    I saw Satan laughing with delight

    The day the music died

    He was singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie

    Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry

    Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye

    And singin' 'This'll be the day that I die

    This'll be the day that I die

Works Cited

  • Website Title: Poets.org
  • Publisher: Academy of American Poets
  • Date Accessed: December 04, 201


  • Website Title: Poetry Foundation
  • Article Title: Glossary Terms
  • Publisher: Poetry Foundation
  • Date Accessed: December 05, 2014