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the author of a mournful poem lamenting the dead

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I wanted to survey three premodern female literary "personae": the tribal elegist, the Sufi mystic, and the singing slave-girl ( jariya or qayna ).
We also learn the minute and intimate details of her life as a reminder of one of the genre's purposes, which is to stir compassion and lead the reader to identify with the elegist.
If the elegist might be criticized for skewing toward the conventional military hero for his choice of subject, so, too, he might come under fire for his own immersion in the conventionality of institutional education.
Being a "homunculus of print," however, he concedes that he will spend most of his adult life as an editor and scholar, a professor and poet, and like most writers who live beyond their thirties he will become an elegist, of his own family (as in "My Father's Mittens") and the family of fellow dissidents who lusted for battle in radical causes during the 1960s and '70s (as in "Emerald City").
So every real elegist laments even as he writes his elegy, forced by reality into the impossible work.
This semester, I am teaching a course called "Roth, Roth, and Roth"--that's Philip, Henry, and Josef (the great elegist of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and author of The Radetzky March).
A further determinant of the omnipresence of postwar memory culture in the novel is the fact that Nick Carraway, the first person narrator who becomes Gatsby's confidant, interlocutor, and eventual elegist, is himself a veteran, having served with the AEF during the war.
Virgil appropriates Homer in all his works but reinvigorates the epic form with allusions to Alexandrian poets; Theocritus; Callimachus; Apollonius of Rhodes; Attic tragedians; annalistic poets such as Naevius and Ennius; neoteric poets Catullus and Cinna; as well as members of his own poetic coterie, like the elegist Gallus.
Lambert argues that the deictic "here" signals a "concrete, palpable world, a world in which the elegist can place diffuse, intangible feelings of grief and thereby win his release from suffering" (p.
Yet, as the writer and philosopher Helene Cixous, also an erotic artist and elegist, meditates upon that phrase:
allows the elegist finally to connect directly with her
Even Philip Roth, the creator of Alexander Portnoy and Mickey Sabbath and Nathan Zuckerman, has turned in his late-late period into a moist elegist of his boyhood Newark; his recent books all read like palinodes.
Secondly, I felt that if the lyric was the proper form for me as an elegist of our Holocaust--and I have five volumes of poetry on that subject--then the narrative poem was too archaic and narrow a form for me to describe the downfall of the Jewish world of Eastern Europe.
Shelley's eloquent wish came true, as it were, in the Victorian Age and thereafter in writers like Browning, Tennyson, and Yeats, whose imaginations were haunted and energized by the "lofty thought" of Keats and his elegist.