J. P. Earls, OSB
Department of English
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
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> From: Rickard A Parker [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 11:25 AM
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> Subject: Re: TSE gay? Should this be discussed?
> Ron Houssaye wrote:
> > Was TWL an elegy to Verdanel?
> To me the word "elegy" does not fit. Perhaps "monody" is better.
> is not written in praise of Verdendal, it seems more to be about
> mourning him and thinking of the way things were or could be.
> Rick Parker
Since I was first to use "elegy," I would like to defend it. An elegy
is not necessarily laudatory of the deceased. It is simply a poem in a
sombre mood mourning the death of someone. I think "threnody" is a
synonym. "Monody" is possible, but the variety of voices E. uses is a
bit dissonant with the "mono" part of the word. The first definition in
the AHD is "An ode for one voice or actor, as in Greek drama."