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    A THRENODY is a poem or song of lamentation for the dead.

    There is no set definition of the number of stanzas or lines in a threnody. Likewise there is no set rhyme scheme. Dorothy Parker’s poem “Threnody” is a beautiful example.

    Example by Dorothy Parker:


    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.

    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 18, 2006

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