Denise R. Weuve

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Day 20 ~ An Elegy for Yesterday

Screen Shot 2014-04-20 at 11.31.09 AMHappy poetry?  can it happen.  Well if you are me, probably not, but I hear they are possible.  So today I want you to have fun with an Elegy Poem.  Yes the Elegy poem, originating with those crazy Greeks, is one that deals with loss but we are going to write about the things you lose all the time. . .keys, socks, your mind, yesterday, time, pens, etc.

This poem must cover the three following areas:  First the lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, second  praise/admiration of the dead/loss, and the final and thirdly  is  consolation and peace with the death/loss.  

If you want to read the original intent of a Eulogy poem there is always  A.E. Houseman

To an Athlete Dying Young


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.
Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.
Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.
So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

Source: The Norton Anthology of Poetry Third Edition (1983)



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