An elegy is a poem that expresses lamentation or sadness because of tragedy such as death.
- 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.
Other well-known elegies include "Fugue of Death" by Paul Celan, written for victims of the Holocaust, and "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman, written for President Abraham Lincoln.