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elegy

written poem

In classical times, any poem in elegiac metre (a couplet consisting of one hexameter and one pentameter), such as those written (in Greek) by Archilochus (7th-c BC), and (in Latin) by Propertius. In modern literatures, it is a poem of mourning or lament, such as Milton's Lycidas (1637) or Shelley's Adonais (1821), often incorporating serious general reflections on life, as in Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751) or Whitman's ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd’ (1861).

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