Definition of elegy in English:
noun (plural elegies)
1(In modern literature) a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead.
- Addison was buried in Westminster Abbey, and lamented in an elegy by Tickell.
- As a result, modern elegies more often than not break with the decorum of earlier modes of mourning and become melancholic, self-centered, or mocking.
- That is, modern family elegies, though occasioned by death, do not seek compensation for that loss.
2(In Greek and Latin verse) a poem written in elegiac couplets, as notably by Catullus and Propertius.
- Originally, the Greek elegy expressed grief; but the form broadened widely with Latin adaptations, such as Ovid's love elegies, Amores, to include almost any kind of subject.
- The Echo Gate includes versions of the Latin love elegy.
- I suspect few readers of these elegies will come sufficiently prepared in Greek mythology and Roman legend not to make heavy use of Mr. Katz's 31 pages of notes.
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