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ELEGY, n. A composition in verse, in which, without employing any of the methods of humor, the writer aims to produce in the reader’s mind the dampest kind of dejection. The most famous English example begins somewhat like this: The cur foretells the knell of parting day; The loafing herd winds slowly over the lea; The wise man homeward plods; I only stay To fiddle-faddle in a minor key.

Ambrose Bierce