Elegy Examples

Elegy

An elegy is a poem of mourning for the dead. The elegy dates back to ancient Greece, when elegies were written to commemorate a death.

Examples of Elegy:

1. "In Memory of W.B. Yeats"-Auden

With the farming of a verse

Make a vineyard of the curse,

Sing of human unsuccess

In a rapture of distress;

In the deserts of the heart

Let the healing fountain start,

In the prison of his days

Teach the free man how to praise.

2. "O Captain, My Captain!"-Whitman

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,

3. "To an Athlete Dying Young"-Houseman

The time you won your town the race

We chaired you through the market-place;

Man and boy stood cheering by,

And home we brought you shoulder-high.

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