Elegiac Poems: Definition & Examples


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Elegiac poetry is about:

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1. Early Greek poets expressed elegy through:

2. Thomas Gray wrote his most famous elegy as a result of his walk through:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study tools will help you see how much you know about elegiac poetry, including famous elegies and the early Greek use of elegy. You will be quizzed on some of the poets discussed in the lesson as well as the definition of elegiac poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Elegiac poetry's purpose
  • How early Greek poets expressed elegy
  • Inspiration for Thomas Gray's most famous elegy
  • Walt Whitman's self-perception
  • Focus of 'O Captian! My Captain!'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on elegiac poetry
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about expressing loss through poetry in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of elegiac poetry
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about famous elegies

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of poetry, review the accompanying lesson called Elegiac Poems: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define elegiac poetry
  • Learn about the ancient Greek elegy
  • Review John Donne's elegy 'Death Be Not Proud'
  • Discuss Thomas Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard'
  • Review Walt Whitman's 'Oh Captain! My Captain!'
  • Discuss the modern elegy 'Kaddish' by Allen Ginsberg