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Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  a mournful poem — especially lamenting for someone who died
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  • Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • The song was both haunting and joyful, the first few notes an elegy for the fading stars.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • This from the Requiescat of Matthew Arnold, an elegy for a woman’s spirit, with its concluding line: "Tonight it doth inherit the vasty hall of Death."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
    Thomas Gray  --  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

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  • Here one shepherd is sighing, there another is lamenting; there love songs are heard, here despairing elegies.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The payback she’d thought he was due, after his math-class elegy to Josie, had burned in her chest every time she thought about it.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • This is not John Milton’s "Lycidas" (1637), not a classical elegy in which all nature weeps.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This is the ending of the elegy of the ’Jeune Malade’ by Andre Chenier, by Andre Chenier whose throat was cut by the ras …. by the giants of ’93.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And there was such a solemn melody, ’Twixt doleful songs, tears, and sad elegies,— Such as old grandames, watching by the dead, Are wont to outwear the night with.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • After the champagne toast on the day he took over the post, the old lion in retirement excused himself for speaking without getting up from the rocker, and he improvised a brief speech that seemed more like an elegy.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • Another time, in a misprint he hadn’t caught, Roberto’s article had stated that Senator Smathers had delivered an elegy, instead of a eulogy, of Trujillo before the joint members of the United States Congress.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • After your dire-lamenting elegies, Visit by night your lady’s chamber-window With some sweet consort: to their instruments Tune a deploring dump; the night’s dead silence Will well become such sweet-complaining grievance.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • There is a man haunts the forest that abuses our young plants with carving "Rosalind" on their barks; hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies on brambles; all, forsooth, deifying the name of Rosalind: if I could meet that fancy-monger, I would give him some good counsel, for he seems to have the quotidian of love upon him.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • This boy’s elegy is played among the traffic, thought Septimus.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • So there being no copy, but one pair of cases, and the Elegy likely to require all the letter, no one could help him.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He later did so, and Andrews’ farewell message turned out to be the ninth stanza of Gray’s "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard": The boasts of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r, And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Lane and Sorenson were both in Modern European Literature 251 (open to seniors and graduate students only) and had been assigned the Fourth of Rilke’s "Duino Elegies" for Monday.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • PART 2 ELEGY FOR LEFT HAND ALONE MID-1980s-EARLY 1990s 1 .
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Yes, I hold Gray’s Elegy in one hand; with the other I scoop out the bottom crumpet, that has absorbed all the butter and sticks to the bottom of the plate.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Or, he would quote a few stanzas of Gray’s Elegy, using that encyclopaedia of stock melancholy with rather indefinite application: "—Await alike th’ inevitable hour, The paths of glory lead but to the grave."
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He played the piano elegy that was Eleanor’s favorite music, once a month or so, hitting the repeat button so it never stopped.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • W. H. Auden, in his great elegy "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" (1940), emphasizes the coldness of the day Yeats died.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Their name, their years, spelt by th’ unletter’d muse, The place of fame and elegy supply: And many a holy text around she strews, That teach the rustic moralist to die.
    Thomas Gray  --  Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • Now, the traditional elegy, the pastoral elegy, has historically been written for a young man, a friend of the poet, often a poet himself, who died much too young.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Now, the traditional elegy, the pastoral elegy, has historically been written for a young man, a friend of the poet, often a poet himself, who died much too young.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Keimer’s printing-house, I found, consisted of an old shatter’d press, and one small, worn-out font of English which he was then using himself, composing an Elegy on Aquila Rose, before mentioned, an ingenious young man, of excellent character, much respected in the town, clerk of the Assembly, and a pretty poet.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • , according as the wind veered towards elegy or dithyrambs; and they spoke in low tones of the hopes which were presented by Monsieur, afterwards Charles X. The songs of the fishwomen, in which Napoleon was called Nicolas, were received there with transports of joy.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Typically the elegy turns him into a shepherd taken from his pasture (hence the pastoral part) at the height of spring or summer, and all nature, which should be rejoicing in its fullness, instead is sent into mourning for this beloved youth.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I endeavor’d to put his press (which he had not yet us’d, and of which he understood nothing) into order fit to be work’d with; and, promising to come and print off his Elegy as soon as he should have got it ready, I return’d to Bradford’s, who gave me a little job to do for the present, and there I lodged and dieted, A few days after, Keimer sent for me to print off the Elegy.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • I endeavor’d to put his press (which he had not yet us’d, and of which he understood nothing) into order fit to be work’d with; and, promising to come and print off his Elegy as soon as he should have got it ready, I return’d to Bradford’s, who gave me a little job to do for the present, and there I lodged and dieted, A few days after, Keimer sent for me to print off the Elegy.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It’s not about something the way an elegy is about the death of a young friend, for instance, or the way The Maltese Falcon is about solving the mystery of the fat man and the black bird.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • I will buy some ewes and everything else requisite for the pastoral calling; and, I under the name of the shepherd Quixotize and thou as the shepherd Panzino, we will roam the woods and groves and meadows singing songs here, lamenting in elegies there, drinking of the crystal waters of the springs or limpid brooks or flowing rivers.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It ran continuously, a man in his forties in a suit and tie, and all the sets were showing slow motion now, riding in a car with his confident wife, and the footage took on a sense of elegy, running ever slower, running down, a sense of greatness really, the car’s regal gleam and the murder of some figure out of dimmest lore—a greatness, a kingliness, the terrible mist of tissue and skull, so massively slow, on Elm Street, and they got something to eat and went to the loft, where they…
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And all the Muses still were in their prime …." The elegy to little Salathiel Pavy, the child actor, was honey from the lion’s mouth.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • That mood in the poem is made colder and more desolate by Yeats’s death, but also by our expectations of what we might call "the season of the elegy.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • We say, for instance, Gray’s Elegy, or Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
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