AskDefine | Define elegy

Dictionary Definition

elegy n : a mournful poem; a lament for the dead [syn: lament]

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  1. A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation.

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Extensive Definition

The term "elegy" was originally used for a type of poetic metre (Elegiac metre), but is also used for a poem of mourning, from the Greek elegos, a reflection on the death of someone or on a sorrow generally - which is a form of lyric poetry. An elegy can also reflect on something which seems strange or mysterious to the author. In addition, an elegy (sometimes spelled elegíe) may be a type of musical work, usually in a sad and somber attitude. It is not to be confused with a eulogy.

Elegy in Painting

Further reading

elegy in Bosnian: Elegija
elegy in Breton: Klemmgan
elegy in Bulgarian: Елегия
elegy in Czech: Elegie
elegy in Danish: Elegi
elegy in German: Elegie
elegy in Spanish: Elegía
elegy in Esperanto: Elegio
elegy in French: Élégie
elegy in Galician: Elexía
elegy in Croatian: Elegija
elegy in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Elegia
elegy in Italian: Elegia
elegy in Georgian: ელეგია (პოეზია)
elegy in Latin: Poësis elegiaca
elegy in Latvian: Elēģija
elegy in Hungarian: Elégia
elegy in Dutch: Elegie
elegy in Japanese: エレジー
elegy in Norwegian: Elegi
elegy in Polish: Elegia
elegy in Portuguese: Elegia
elegy in Romanian: Elegie
elegy in Russian: Элегия (литература)
elegy in Albanian: Elegjia
elegy in Serbian: Елегија
elegy in Finnish: Elegia
elegy in Swedish: Elegi
elegy in Turkish: Ağıt
elegy in Ukrainian: Елегія
elegy in Chinese: 挽歌
elegy in Slovak: Elégia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, alba, anacreontic, balada, ballad, ballade, bucolic, canso, chanson, clerihew, coronach, dead march, death knell, death song, dirge, dithyramb, eclogue, epic, epicedium, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, eulogy, funeral march, funeral oration, funeral song, georgic, ghazel, graveside oration, haiku, idyll, jingle, keen, knell, limerick, lyric, madrigal, monody, muffled drums, narrative poem, nursery rhyme, ode, palinode, passing bell, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, poem, prothalamium, requiem, rhyme, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, satire, sestina, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, tanka, tenso, tenzone, threnode, threnody, triolet, troubadour poem, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay
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