Elegy

Entertainment / Literature / Elegy: In classical Greco-Roman literature, 'elegy' refers to any poem written in elegiac meter (alternating hexameter and pentameter lines). More broadly, elegy came to mean any poem dealing with the subject-matter common to the early Greco-Roman elegies--complaints about love, sustained formal lamentation, or somber meditations. Typically, elegies are marked by several conventions of genre:(1) The elegy, much like the classical epic, typically begins with an invocation of the muse, and then continues with allusions to classical mythology. (2) The poem usually contains a poetic speaker who uses the first person. (3) The speaker raises questions about justice, fate, or providence. (4) The poet digresses about the conditions of his own time or his own situation. (5) The digression allows the speaker to move beyond his original emotion or thinking to a higher level of understanding. (6) The conclusion of the poem provides consolation or insight into the speaker's situation. In Christian elegies, the lyric reversal often moves from despair and grief to joy when the speaker realizes that death or misfortune is but a temporary barrier separating one from the bliss of eternity. (7) The poem tends to be longer than a lyric but not as long as an epic. (8) The poem is not plot-driven.

Entelegyne

Science / Spiders / Entelegyne: The group of spiders in which the females have an epigyne. MORE

Quatrain

Entertainment / Literature / Quatrain: Also sometimes used interchangeably with 'stave,' a quatrain is a stanza of four lines, often rhyming in an ABAB pattern. Three quatrains form the main body of a Shakespearean or English sonnet along MORE

Meter

Science / Chemistry / Meter: The meter is the basic unit of length in the SI system of units, defined as the distance light travels through a vacuum in exactly 1/299792458 seconds. 1 m = 39.37 inches. Meters are abbreviated as 'm MORE

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