Originally in Greece a funeral ovation written in couplets of
hexameter followed by a pentameter, the word 'elegy ' was later
applied by Ovid to describe love poems such as his Amores.
Donne's elegies followed Ovid and were sometimes witty and ribald.
Generally the term elegy signified a meditation on love inflected
with a sense of mortality.
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Editors. "Elegy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=321, accessed 25 October 2016.]
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