Skip to main content

Further reading


Introductory 

David Kennedy, Elegy (2008)
David Kennedy, ed., Necessary Steps: Poetry, Elegy, Walking, Spirit (2007)
Peter M. Sacks, The English Elegy: Studies in the Genre from Spenser to Yeats (1985)
W. David Shaw, Elegy and Paradox: Testing the Conventions (1994)
Karen Weisman, The Oxford Handbook of the Elegy (2010)


Elegies 

Roland Barthes, Mourning Diary, trans. Richard Howard (2010)
Anne Carson, Nox (2009)
Douglas Dunn, Elegies (1985)
Susan Howe, That This (2010)
Paul Monette, Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog (1988)
Alice Oswald, Memorial (2011)
Deryn Rees-Jones, Burying the Wren (2012)
Percy Shelley, Adonaïs (1821)
Algernon Charles Swinburne, 'Ave Atque Vale: In Memory of Charles Baudelaire' (1867-68)
Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (1850)
Walt Whitman, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed (1865)


Critical

Jeffrey Berman, Dying in Character: Memoirs on the End of Life (2012)
Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr, 'Elegy, or the Poetics of Surplus', Jacket2 (2014)
Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (2005)
Alison Chapman, 'The Allure of Keats' Grave', Victorian Poetry Network (2011)
Matthew Curr, The Consolation of Otherness: The Male Love Elegy in Milton, Gray, and Tennyson (2002)
David Gervais, '"Alms for Oblivion": Elegy in English Verse', PN Review, 37.2 (2010)
John Goodridge, ‘Pastoral and Popular Modes in Clare’s Enclosure Elegies,’ in The Independent Spirit: John Clare and the Self-taught Tradition (1994), 139-55
Barbara Hardy, The Advantage of Lyric: Essays on Feeling in Poetry (1977)
Gail Holst-Warhaft, The Cue for Passion: Grief and its Political Uses (2000)
Ellen Lambert, Placing Sorrow: A Study of the Pastoral Elegy Convention from Theocritus to Milton (1976)
Dan Latimer, The Elegiac Mode in Milton and Rilke: Reflections on Death (1977)
Deborah Lutz, Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture (2015)
Thomas McFarland, Romanticism and the Forms of Ruin: Wordsworth, Coleridge and Modalities of Fragmentation (1981)
Karen Mills-Courts, Poetry as Epitaph: Representation and Poetic Language (1990)
Abbie Findlay Potts, The Elegiac Mode: Poetic form in Wordsworth and other Elegists (1967)
J.H. Prynne, ‘The Elegiac World in Victorian Poetry’, The Listener, February 14 (1963)
Jahan Ramazani, Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994)
Celeste Schenck, Mourning and Panegyric: The Poetics of Pastoral Ceremony (1988)
Esther Schor, Bearing the Dead: The British Culture of Mourning from the Enlightenment to Victoria (1994)
Joshua Scodel, The English Epitaph: Commemoration and Conflict from Jonson to Wordsworth (1991)
Eric Smith, By Mourning Tongues: Studies in English Elegy (1977)
R. Clifton Spargo, The Ethics of Mourning: Grief and Responsibility in Elegiac Literature (2004)
M. F. Zeiger, Beyond Consolation: Death, Sexuality and the Changing Shapes of Elegy (1997)