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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elegy a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elegy A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elegy In classical poetry, a poem written in elegiac verse.
    • n elegy A mournful or plaintive poem; a poem or song expressive of sorrow and lamentation; a dirge; a funeral song.
    • n elegy Any serious poem pervaded by a tone of melancholy, whether grief is actually expressed or not: as, Gray's “Elegy in a Country Churchyard.”
    • n elegy In music, a sad or funeral composition, vocal or instrumental, whether actually commemorative or not; a dirge. Synonyms Dirge, Requiem, etc. See dirge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elegy el′e-ji a song of mourning: a funeral-song: a poem written in elegiac metre
    • n Elegy elegiac verse
    • v.t Elegy to write an elegy on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elegia, Gr., fem. sing. (cf., prop., neut. pl. of a distich in elegiac verse), fr. elegiac, fr. a song of mourning


In literature:

His career began in his twenty-ninth year with the publication of an elegy on the death of Henry, Prince of Wales, eldest son of James I.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
What a moving scene is that in the fifth elegy of the first book!
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
Her writings consisted of sonnets, elegies, and dialogues in prose; her influence, being too local, is not marked.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
In their elegies and epistles, however, the two writers frequently resemble each other.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Its songs of joy end as elegies; there is nothing to equal the delightful sadness of its national melodies.
"Ideas of Good and Evil" by William Butler Yeats
He relates some of his experiences on board and the events of the voyage in various sonnets in Elegy iii.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Twenty-six elegies likewise adopt the couplet, and show, as do the epistles, remarkable power over that form.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
I had regarded rapidity, brilliancy, and boldness of thought, as his inseparable attributes; but his speech was now a magnificent elegy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various
Cassius is credited with satires, elegies, epigrams and tragedies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Yesterday, I make her sing Massenet's 'Elegie.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
His elegies are of the typical Highland kind.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The 'Elegy' was finished in 1749.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
The rest is composed of mere musings, fancies, and elegies, expressing no precise and distinct sentiment.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 4, July, 1851" by Various
The soul of the Elegy is the soul of the man.
"Shakespeare's England" by William Winter
A little later Tyrtaeus was composing his famous elegies in Sparta.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3" by Various
A Satyr, By way of Elegy on King William.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
An Elegy, in answer to the foregoing.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 2 of 3)" by Various
An Elegy on the Death of John Keats, author of Endymion, Hyperion etc.
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 3 of 3)" by Various
Again we have followed the ancients in subdividing lyric poetry into elegy, pastoral, ode, satire, idyll.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
Elegies and funeral odes were the types of expression in which they were happiest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Though many an unsung elegy
Sleeps in the reeds our rivers hold,
O goat-foot God of Arcady!
Ah, what remains to us of thee?
"Double Villanelle" by Oscar Wilde
Man's mournful speech, the wail of tree,
The words the winds and waters say,
Make up that general elegy,
Whose burden is decay.
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
For I would pen, engross, indite,
Transcribe, set forth, compose, address,
Record, submit--yea, even write
An ode, an elegy to bless--
"To A Thesaurus" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd muse,
The place of fame and elegy supply:
And many a holy text around she strews,
That teach the rustic moralist to die.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
But why, so long my weaker Heart deceive?
Ah still I love in Pride and Reason's Spite,
No Books, alas my painful Thoughts relieve,
And while I threat, this Elegy I write.
"Elegy XIV: To Delia" by James Hammond
Flow, therefore, tears for Him from ev'ry eye,
All ye disciples of the Muses, weep!
Assembling, all, in robes of sable dye,
Around his bier, lament his endless sleep,
And let complaining Elegy rehearse
In every School her sweetest saddest verse.
"Elegy II. On The Death Of The University Beadle At Cambridge (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper

In news:

A Poetic Elegy For Harsha Maddula.
Eloquent 'Elegy' for a Roth exile.
SAMUEL GOLDWYN Ben Kingsley portrays an aging college professor who has an affair with one of his students, played by Penelope Cruz, in "Elegy".
Beginning as it does with the death of the 60-something, Finnish American Maija, this first novel is like an elegy, tracing remembrances by family members before ending with Maija's funeral.
Such is the case with John Phillip Santos' The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire: A Tejano Elegy.
Crafting An Elegy For Her Daughter.
The Angst of the Aging Lecher Elegy is a portrait of the voyeur as an old man.
They stop by KEXP for a wonderful in-studio performance that features both tracks from the "Elegy" single and two new songs.
Movement Transforms a Poet's Elegy.
Elegy for a foreign correspondent.
" Sweetgrass " A Stunning, Poetic Elegy to a Vanishing American West.
An Elegy For New Albion .
BURLINGTON — "Metamorphosen," subtitled "In Memoriam," was Richard Strauss's very personal elegy to the destruction the composer saw in Germany during World War II.
Terry Teachout's elegy for the film musical may be a bit premature.
The movie he went on to make with her Tanztheater Wuppertal is more than an elegy.