Definition of Elegy
How do you define Elegy? What is the definition of Elegy?
The definition of Elegy is as follows:

Definition of Elegy

An Elegy is a sad and thoughtful poem lamenting the death of a person. An example of this type of poem is Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."


Example of Elegy
There are many examples of different types of poetry. An example of Elegy can be found in the poetic work of Thomas Gray (1716-71).

Example of Elegy - Excerpt

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Thomas Gray

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

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Forms of Poetry and Literary Terms
How do you define a couplet or a Falling Meter? And what exactly is an Iambic pentameter? We have provided a definition of poetry and literary terms together with the meaning and examples, such as the above definition of Elegy. A helpful educational resource for those taking an English test or a University student studying English and American Literature. Each definition, such as the above definition and example of Elegy will provide a glossary of literary terms or a dictionary with the meaning, samples, examples and the rules of specialising in each different type of poem and poetry.

Definition of Poetry
Poetry is piece of literature written by a poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish poetry from prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. An example of Elegy is detailed above.

Structure of Poetry
The structure used in poems varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of Elegy. The structural elements include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets combine the use of language and a specific structure to create imaginative and expressive work. The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem. The structure of many types of poetry  result in groups of lines on the page which enhance the poem's composition.


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