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1Relating to or characteristic of an elegy.‘haunting and elegiac poems’
- ‘A soundtrack of mournful chanting gives the whole work an elegiac quality.’
- ‘This is primarily a period piece and, as you might expect from the elegiac nature of the film, the pace is appropriately funereal.’
- ‘Rhapsodic, ironic, elegiac and disillusioned, the urban sketch, for all its sparkle, tended toward melancholy.’
- ‘Only the last haunting and elegiac shot of the steam train bearing the wounded Ned back to Melbourne and his hanging carry a real resonance.’
- ‘Berger has found the perfect form for his elegiac, still-hopeful revelation of the worth of us all, so easily stolen by time.’
- ‘What he does remember, however, strikes a poignant, elegiac note.’
- ‘The rhythm of 1970s TV seem so unusual now that they add to the sense that you are watching something wholly other: long, slow scenes; wordy dialogue; and elegiac tracking shots of an empty England.’
- ‘As the book closes, it becomes transformed into a moving, elegiac memoir for the writer's parents.’
- ‘He used to recite dirge songs and had established a unique status for his touching elegiac tone.’
- ‘With that said, there's really nothing bad about this affair - it's mournful, haunting, stirring, elegiac…’
- ‘Ford's writing is never more his signature than when he combines a wistful, elegiac feeling of loss with an indomitable instinct to carry on.’
- ‘Its tone is consummately elegiac and mournful.’
- ‘And now here is a book which is mostly poetry, or at least a kind of elegiac wistfulness.’
- ‘These are punctuated in somber and sorrowful moments by elegiac strings.’
- ‘Colors tend to be exquisite, but in an unusual way, at once vivid and fading, as if a still-potent splendor were half-vanishing before one's eyes, introducing a vaguely mournful, even elegiac tone.’
- ‘Her pessimism and elegiac outlook could only perceive the contemporary social and political developments of indigenous peoples as a slow decline and erosion of tradition.’
- ‘The wistful elegiac moods of the Sonnets, were conveyed with just the right balance of outward expression and gesture, and delicate tonal control.’
- ‘But as the mournful, elegiac music began to gently move through the air, and voices, distinct and intense, began to tell their tale, in their own words, something incredible happened.’
- ‘By the way, I think it's a wonderful scene. an elegiac scene, very touching.’
- ‘Although the work ended in renewal, it was deeply elegiac.’
- 1.1Wistfully mournful.
mournful, melancholic, melancholy, plaintive, sorrowful, sad, lamenting, dolefulfunereal, dirgeliketouching, moving, poignantdolorousthrenodic, threnodialView synonyms
- ‘He also wrote numerous poems in elegiac distichs.’
- ‘Coleridge enthusiastically appropriated Schiller's lines, even to the extent of changing into pure hexameters what in Schiller's original is an elegiac distich.’
- ‘Smith's ‘illegitimate’ sonnet consists of three elegiac quatrains and a couplet, thus combining both English elegiac meters.’
- ‘Hexameters are the epic meter; by stealing a foot in the second line, Cupid has turned it into elegiac meter, used for love poetry.’
Verses in an elegiac meter.
- ‘Through the narrative, the poet's elegiacs become a leitmotif.’
- ‘In poems written entirely in hexameters the break is possibly not quite so rare as in elegiacs.’
- ‘In the long poems, the first and last are metrically related to the neighbouring shorter poems: poem 61 is in lyric metre, 65-8 in elegiacs.’
- ‘The Elegiacs may be rhymed or not.’
- ‘Translated, these Latin elegiacs mean: Breasts, O mother, milk and life thou didst give.’
Late 16th century: from French élégiaque, or via late Latin, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeia (see elegy).
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