Belcher mentions Dylan Thomas's elegy for his father in connection with this piece.
The texts I shall consider are fascinating in themselves, but they also contribute to our understanding of modern elegy in general.
The elegy , as real poems do, brings us to a place where words give way to the music of silence, where we approach the unsayable and bow before it.
The love poem has turned into something else with the death of the beloved, the acute sadness in the poem seeming to move it toward the elegy or threnody.
That this is an elegy only makes the poem more poignant, makes the grief of the persona part of the political indignation, complicates the emotional nexus of the voice.
It refers to the fact that before Catullus and his poems to Lesbia, there was really no such thing as love poetry in the fullest sense, and that the romantic elegy was the invention of a later poet, Propertius.
The Echo Gate includes versions of the Latin love elegy .
WH Auden made the strongest case against literature in his elegy for WB Yeats: ‘Now Ireland has her weather and her madness still / For poetry makes nothing happen’.
Originally, the Greek elegy expressed grief; but the form broadened widely with Latin adaptations, such as Ovid's love elegies, Amores, to include almost any kind of subject.
In order to exhume further the elegy in the Elegiac Sonnets, we now might consider the extent to which the work resonates with traditional notions of ‘elegiac’ and the elegy as a poem of mourning.