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Synonyms for threnody

a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

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Like Johnson, Kirk had a naturally threnodic soul, as free from capitalist as from Rousseauist arrogance.
in 1946") (4)--an understanding of tragedy ("eliciting of the play's threnodic essence"), and a denial of a potential reading ("The Colonial Factor is an incident, a catalytic incident merely" [Soyinka 1975, 7]).
There is a crude truth here; most good baseball books and films (as opposed to the thousands of as-told-to books published each year), threnodic or not, are celebrations of the great American pastoral and, as such, mine veins of remembrance.
The tone of the poet is acerbic and threnodic and his mood is grave, because the circumstances and events that gave birth to the poems were extremely painful and traumatic and their atmosphere reeked too much of death.
It is a universal apologia spoken for all sons who have both loved and hated their fathers, rebelled against the rigor of the past, valorized the sanctity of their youth, which must dutifully be performed at a time when reflection on that relationship, especially in the dawn of one's own evening, begs for a more merciful rendering and these first two movements, "Landscape" and "Eulogy for My Father," both reconstitute the past and try to reconcile it in a poetic way that recalls Soyinka's admonition in reference to his own Death and the King's Horseman that one pay particular attention to the threnodic essence of the work.