- 1(Especially of a work of art) having a mournful quality: the movie score is a somber effort, elegiac in its approachMore example sentences
- Colors tend to be exquisite, but in an unusual way, at once vivid and fading, as if a still-potent splendor were half-vanishing before one's eyes, introducing a vaguely mournful, even elegiac tone.
- But as the mournful, elegiac music began to gently move through the air, and voices, distinct and intense, began to tell their tale, in their own words, something incredible happened.
- Its tone is consummately elegiac and mournful.
- 1.1Wistfully mournful.More example sentences
- Smith's ‘illegitimate’ sonnet consists of three elegiac quatrains and a couplet, thus combining both English elegiac meters.
- Hexameters are the epic meter; by stealing a foot in the second line, Cupid has turned it into elegiac meter, used for love poetry.
- Coleridge enthusiastically appropriated Schiller's lines, even to the extent of changing into pure hexameters what in Schiller's original is an elegiac distich.
noun(elegiacs) Back to top
- Verses in an elegiac meter.More example sentences
- Translated, these Latin elegiacs mean: Breasts, O mother, milk and life thou didst give.
- In the long poems, the first and last are metrically related to the neighbouring shorter poems: poem 61 is in lyric metre, 65-8 in elegiacs.
- Through the narrative, the poet's elegiacs become a leitmotif.
late 16th century: from French élégiaque, or via late Latin, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia (see elegy).