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What is Elegy?
Elegy is a form of literature which can be defined as a deep, serious, poem mourning over the death of a famous person, friend or loved one.("elegy")
The formatting of a basic elegy poem includes three stages. The first stage includes a lament, where the author expresses grief and sorrow. Next, the author shows admiration and praise, then finally solace and consolation.("Poetic Form: Elegy") Elegy does not have to rhyme, though it is advised. It should also have an even amount of stanzas with equal amounts of lines in them.(McDaniel)
The elegy began as an ancient Greek poetic form and is traditionally written in response to the death of a person or group. Though similar in function, the elegy is different from the epitaph, ode, and eulogy: the epitaph is very brief; the ode solely exalts; and the eulogy is most often written in formal prose. (Poetic Form: Elegy)
Lament-To feel or express sorrow or regret
Lyric- having the form and musical quality of a song;the outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
Elegy crash course
consolation- something that makes someone feel less sadness.
"O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
The arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
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." (O Captain! My Captain!)
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