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Monday word: threnody

threnody /ˈTHrenədē/, noun.
A song of lamentation for the dead; an elegy.

Etymology:  1630s, from Greek threnoidia, from threnos (dirge) + oide (song, ode)

"Threnodia Augustalis" is a 517-line poem written by John Dryden to commemorate the death of Charles II in 1685.

If you search on the words 'threnody', 'Japan', 'tsunami', or 'threnody' 'Fukushima', you'll get hits for many modern threnodies.
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