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An elegy is a poem composed specifically for a dead person or that is just melancholy and pensive (thoughtful). The famous poet Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a sequence of elegies for his friend Arthur Hallam who tragically died when he was only 22-years-old. Here is part of one of those:

The wish, that of the living whole

No life may fail beyond the grave,

Derives it not from what we have

The likest God within the soul?


Are God and Nature then at strife,

That Nature lends such evil dreams?

So careful of the type she seems,

So careless of the single life;