eulogy vs elegy

eulogy elegy


  • 1) An oration to honor a deceased person, usually at a funeral.
  • 2) Speaking highly of someone; the act of praising or commending someone.
  • 3) A laudatory speech or written tribute, especially one praising someone who has died.
  • 4) High praise or commendation.
  • 5) A speech or writing in commendation of the character or services of a person.
  • 6) a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
  • 7) Synonyms Encomium, Eulogy, Eulogium, Panegyric. These words are best understood through their history. (See the derivations.) Eulogy is stronger than encomium, but still is the most general word. An encomium is an expression of warm praise, of some fullness and completeness, like the ancient laudatory ode: encomium is not a distinctive name for a set speech; the others may be: as, Everett's Eulogy upon the Pilgrim Fathers; the Panegyric of Isocrates. Eulogium is only a more formal word for eulogy. The last three may be used abstractly, but not encomium; we may say, it was mere eulogy or panegyric, but not mere encomium. Eulogy, a eulogy, and an encomium may be tempered with criticism; panegyric and a panegyric are only praise; hence, panegyric is often used for exaggerated or undiscriminating praise.
  • 8) High commendation of a person or thing, especially when expressed in a formal manner or to an undue degree; specifically, a speech or writing delivered or composed for the express purpose of lauding its subject.
  • 9) Same as eulogia.


  • 1) A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation.
  • 2) Something resembling such a poem or song.
  • 3) A poem composed in elegiac couplets.
  • 4) Music A composition that is melancholy or pensive in tone.
  • 5) A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person.
  • 6) A mournful or plaintive poem; a funereal song; a poem of lamentation.
  • 7) In classical poetry, a poem written in elegiac verse.
  • 8) Any serious poem pervaded by a tone of melancholy, whether grief is actually expressed or not: as, Gray's “Elegy in a Country Churchyard.”
  • 9) In music, a sad or funeral composition, vocal or instrumental, whether actually commemorative or not; a dirge.
  • 10) A mournful or plaintive poem; a poem or song expressive of sorrow and lamentation; a dirge; a funeral song.


  • 1) Yet the interview now reads like the funeral eulogy that he could not entrust to anyone else.
  • 2) His business partner in cattle raising gave a eulogy at the funeral.
  • 3) He seems moved by her eulogy.
  • 4) More than half will give a eulogy about their lost pal's character.
  • 5) The first is to deliver a eulogy for Douglas.
  • 6) But as the day arrives, he has a change of heart and delivers a moving eulogy.
  • 7) But none of them drew a more heartfelt eulogy than somebody whose restricted participation in the campaign barely qualified him for a championship medal.
  • 8) It was not their fault that the eulogy was given by a crass, vain, sloppy buffoon.
  • 9) I would give the eulogy.
  • 10) I received an e-mail from a young man who had just been asked to perform the eulogy at the funeral of his wife's aunt.
  • 11) Even today, diocesan regulations are as clear as they are widely ignored, e.g. this from Chicago: "A eulogy is never appropriate where a homily is prescribed (Order of Christian Funerals), but examples from the person's life may be used in the homily."
  • 12) I did not attend the funeral, but thanks to all that digitization, the eulogy is on the Internet for everyone to read.
  • 13) When my mother died, I gave a maudlin eulogy about all the days we spent together when I was small, shopping at Hink's department store and eating peeled apricots and lying down for naps in the big bed under the gable window of her bedroom.
  • 14) The word eulogy is rooted in scripture, most often translated as some form of "bless," it literally means "to speak well of."
  • 15) It cited a Los Angeles Times story that provided some further details: “The eulogy is being prepared by Bush’s chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, who also wrote the president’s moving speech for a memorial service in the same cathedral after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”
  • 16) I understand a eulogy is not the best place for the truth, but an editorial is, and so I’m disappointed that the Journal’s ignores the truth: Lady Bird lost, as did we all.
  • 17) A funeral is a solemn rite of passage, and since the days of ancient civilization, the eulogy has been a speech of good words for the dead.
  • 18) The last speech he gave, the so-called eulogy of bin Laden, he tried to imitate bin Laden by reciting poetry.
  • 19) ‘The piece is a eulogy by his sister Shiela on the death of their mother.’
  • 20) ‘Even an inaugural speech or a funeral eulogy loses relevance when taken out of context.’
  • 21) ‘Then there will be a real state funeral, familiar nostalgia, more eulogies to praise duty and endurance.’
  • 22) ‘A ceremony was held, a digging of a shallow grave, a brief eulogy, a moment of silence.’
  • 23) ‘Surely a grown-up modern democracy should put debate at the heart of its responsibility, rather than devote precious parliamentary time to anecdotes and eulogies?’
  • 24) ‘Yet after I left the funeral, some key themes of the media eulogies and other testimonials kept bothering me.’
  • 25) ‘It's one of the great tragedies of human life that we tend to save our best compliments for eulogies.’
  • 26) ‘I'm sorry I didn't mention that when I wrote his obituary or delivered his eulogy.’
  • 27) ‘A line or two of grudging praise is all he gets when a eulogy might be in order.’
  • 28) ‘The president, of course, delivered one of the eulogies.’
  • 29) ‘Many laudatory speeches during birthday parties and eulogies during funerals simply skip over this time and construct biographical outlines without these years.’
  • 30) ‘Now, hardly a day goes by without City's England international receiving the plaudits and eulogies from the soccer community.’
  • 31) ‘Martha delivered the eulogy, which was broadcast to the mourners outside.’
  • 32) ‘When the eulogy is heard and the tributes are given, none of us will have to search for words, bite our tongues or lie.’
  • 33) ‘The pastor delivered an eloquent eulogy for Ryan and then softly shut his book.’
  • 34) ‘This stemmed from a eulogy I delivered at a memorial for him upon his death two years ago.’
  • 35) ‘They were all sitting together listening to the priest delivering a eulogy to Sara.’
  • 36) ‘I tell her perhaps they'll let her deliver the eulogy for my cousin, when he comes home in a box.’
  • 37) ‘Eight pall bearers placed the flag-covered coffin at the alter where many stepped forward to deliver eulogies.’
  • 38) ‘As elegant as the eulogies were, the greatest tribute paid to him came after the service.’


  • 1) Kit did not write an elegy for his "gentle thief '.
  • 2) Before Tahrir Square the book would have been a mournful elegy.
  • 3) The elegy is one of our necessary forms as we try to come to terms with the fact that people around us die, that we, too, will die.
  • 4) The other elegy is shorter and less striking in conception, but gives a similar impression of the importance assigned to Louis de
  • 5) This inimitable pathetic elegy is supposed by many writers to have become a national war song, and to have been taught to the young Israelites under the name of "The Bow," in conformity with the practice of Hebrew and many classical writers in giving titles to their songs from the principal theme (Ps 22: 1; 56: 1; 60: 1; 80: 1; 100: 1).
  • 6) The annex'd elegy is on a gravestone in the churchyard at Hythe.
  • 7) The second alphabetical elegy is set to the same mournful tune with the former, and the substance of it is much the same; it begins with Ecah, as that did, How sad is our case!
  • 8) 1794.14 - "The annex'd elegy is on a gravestone in the churchyard at Hythe."
  • 9) As elsewhere in Canto 2, here the occasion for elegy is young male loveliness dead betimes: "Thou art gone, thou lov'd and lovely one,/Whom youth and youth's affection bound to me" (st.
  • 10) The form of the elegy is a dialogue betwixt a passenger and a domestic servant.
  • 11) War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815/1794.14 "The annex'd elegy is on a gravestone in the churchyard at Hythe." "
  • 12) Except the fifth elegy, which is tainted with immodesty, the others, particularly the first, are highly beautiful, and may be placed in competition with any other productions of the elegiac kind.
  • 13) ‘Addison was buried in Westminster Abbey, and lamented in an elegy by Tickell.’
  • 14) ‘As a result, modern elegies more often than not break with the decorum of earlier modes of mourning and become melancholic, self-centered, or mocking.’
  • 15) ‘That is, modern family elegies, though occasioned by death, do not seek compensation for that loss.’
  • 16) ‘I would argue that what links these modern elegies is the focus on a relationship ruptured prior to death.’
  • 17) ‘That final line transforms the poem into an elegy for his father, the source of lament that drove the speaker into nature and into thoughts of dying.’
  • 18) ‘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’.’
  • 19) ‘We need laments and elegies: Innocents have died and will again, and the struggle to hope is hard and haunted by loss.’
  • 20) ‘Except for writers of obituaries and elegies, no serious biographer judges his subject under the aspect of eternity.’
  • 21) ‘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.’
  • 22) ‘The texts I shall consider are fascinating in themselves, but they also contribute to our understanding of modern elegy in general.’
  • 23) ‘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.’
  • 24) ‘And unlike the elegies the sonnets are predominantly poems of invocation, apostrophe and direct address, he writes.’
  • 25) ‘The poem is a whimsical elegy on the death of a friend's husband, focusing on the denial and hope and implausible resilience of the survivor, in the proud silent puzzlement of a cat left alone.’
  • 26) ‘The bells are on buoys in Sydney harbour, and the poem is partly an elegy and meditation on Joe Lynch, a friend of the poet's, who had one night fallen from a commuter ferry and drowned.’
  • 27) ‘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.’
  • 28) ‘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.’
  • 29) ‘I sometimes think that my poems are elegies for that lost life.’
  • 30) ‘It is perhaps best, then, to consider this a new category of elegy with two extremes: those elegies that achieve reconciliation, as some of Plumly's poems do, and those that fail to achieve reconciliation, such as those by Plath.’
  • 31) ‘The biography then turns to extra-familial influences, including Surrey's friendship with Henry Fitzroy, the Earl of Richmond, for whom he would invent the English sonnet in his Windsor elegies.’
  • 32) ‘Belcher mentions Dylan Thomas's elegy for his father in connection with this piece.’
  • 33) ‘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.’
  • 34) ‘The Echo Gate includes versions of the Latin love elegy.’
  • 35) ‘I suspect few readers of these elegies will come sufficiently prepared in Greek mythology and Roman legend not to make heavy use of Mr. Katz's 31 pages of notes.’
  • 36) ‘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.’

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