by Louise Robertson


The elegy is a sad and reflective poem about someone who has passed away. It can mourn and complain, weep and sigh.

One of my favorite poems of any kind is an elegy. It’s Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.. (And, btw, half our English language cliches began in Tennyson poems. You go and try to write so that people console themselves ever after with such sayings as “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Tennyson was an amazing poet: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yeild!” Huzzah!)

Aside: “In Memoriam A.H.H.” looks like a form, but it became a form after it was written. The form is called, lo, the “In Memoriam” form and consists of ABBA stanzas in iambic tetrameter.

O, yeah, this is about the elegy, not Tennyson. So, elegy: sad, mournful, contemplative, poem. Got it? I don’t know, but I think I’ll have to give you the featured poet and poem: Emily Kagan Trenchard with “For Imette St. Guillen”.

PS Let’s give it up for the Indiefeed Performance Poetry podcast again. Wow, this would be so much harder without it. Getting through the workday would be harder. Life itself, harder. Thank you, Mongo.


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