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Friday word: Threnody

A literary, rather than a medical, term this time :)
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thren·o·dy noun \ˈthre-nə-dē\ : a song or poem that expresses sorrow for someone who is dead: elegy

Examples:

1. the composer's cello concerto was composed as a moving threnody for his late wife
2. Dorothy Parker has a poem titled "Threnody", rather tongue-in-cheek:

Lilacs blossom just as sweet
Now my heart is shattered.
If I bowled it down the street,
Who's to say it mattered?
If there's one that rode away
What would I be missing?
Lips that taste of tears, they say,
Are the best for kissing.

Eyes that watch the morning star
Seem a little brighter;
Arms held out to darkness are
Usually whiter.
Shall I bar the strolling guest,
Bind my brow with willow,
When, they say, the empty breast
Is the softer pillow?

That a heart falls tinkling down,
Never think it ceases.
Every likely lad in town
Gathers up the pieces.
If there's one gone whistling by
Would I let it grieve me?
Let him wonder if I lie;
Let him half believe me.


Etymology:

Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + aeidein to sing

First Known Use: 1634
Tags: greek, literature, noun, t, wordsmith: med_cat
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