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Grief

Adonais
Shelley’s elegy for John Keats. [Br. Lit.: “Adonais” in Benét, 10]
Aedon
changed to nightingale for murdering son; her song funereal. [Gk. Legend: NCE, 24]
Aegiale (Aegle)
her tears of grief become amber. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 6]
All Souls’ Day
holy day of prayer for repose of departed souls. [Christianity: Brewer Dictionary, 1021]
arms reversed
visual symbol of grieving. [Heraldry: Jobes, 128]
Artemisia
(fl. 4th century B.C.) built Mausoleum to commemorate husband. [Gk. Hist.: Walsh Classical, 32]
Balder (Baldur)
when he was slain, all things on earth wept. [Scand. Myth: Brewer Dictionary, 70]
Canens Janus’s
daughter; cried herself to death over disappearance of husband, Picus. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 49]
Ceres
grieving over the loss of her daughter Persephone, she withholds her gifts from the earth, thus bringing on winter. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton Mythology, 49]
Clementine
forty-niner’s drowned daughter; “lost and gone forever.” [Am. Music: Leach, 236]
cypress
symbol of mourning. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 402]
dandelion
symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]
Eos
inconsolably weeps for slain son, Memnon. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1065]
Grief
Adams memorial by St.- Gaudens in Washington, D. C. [Am. Art: EB, VIII: 781]
Hecuba
mourns the death of her children. [Gk. Drama: Benét, 450]
Hyacinthus
beautiful youth, accidentally killed; from his blood sprang flower marked with letters Al, a lament. [Gk. Myth: Howe, 134]
In Memoriam
Tennyson’s tribute to his friend, A. H. Hallam. [Br. Lit.: Harvey, 808]
Kaddish
a prayer said for a close relative. [Judaism: Jobes, II, 901]
Kinah
woeful dirge recited on Tishah b’Av. [Judaism: Wigoder, 342]
Kumalo, Rev. Stephen Zulu
clergyman saddened by fate of fellow blacks. [South African Lit.: Cry, the Beloved Country]
Libbeus the Apostle
gentlest apostle, dies from despair at Christ’s death. [Ger. Lit.: The Messiah]
Lycidas
Milton’s elegy for his friend, Edward King (1637). [Br. Lit.: NCE, 1781]
marigold
symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Niobe
weeps unceasingly for her murdered children. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 259]
O Captain! My Captain!
Whitman’s elegy commemorating Lincoln’s death. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 726]
On My First Son
Ben Jonson’s short poem mourning the death of his first son. [Br. Lit.: Norton, 243]
Pietà
representation of sorrowing Virgin with dead Christ. [Art: Hall, 246]
poppy
symbol of consolation. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176; Kunz, 329]
Rachel
massacre of innocents fulfills prophecy that she will weep. [N.T.: Matthew 2:18; Jeremiah 31:15]
red on blue
symbol of death and mourning. [Chinese Art: Jobes, 357]
shivah
seven days of grieving following close relative’s burial. [Judaism: Wigoder, 550]
swallow
bird that cried “consolation” at Lord’s crucifixion. [Animal Symbolism: Brewer Dictionary, 1050]
Tishah be’Av
(9th of Av) Jewish day of lamentation for destruction of Temple. [Judaism: Wigoder, 51]
Wailing Wall
Western wall where Jews lament the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. [Judaism: EB, X: 627]
weeping willow
symbolizes grief at loss. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
Whitman poem mourns the death of Lincoln. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 1085]
References in classic literature ?
Ask me not of them, Ulrica,'' replied Cedric, in a tone of grief mixed with abhorrence; ``these traces form such a resemblance as arises from the graves of the dead, when a fiend has animated the lifeless corpse.
His first wife, a good and beautiful woman, died at the birth of her little son, and the King her husband was so overwhelmed with grief at her loss that his only comfort was in the sight of his heir.
Like all strong men, he drove down his emotions to the depths of his heart; thinking perhaps, as simple characters are apt to think, that there was something immodest in unveiling griefs when human language cannot render their depths and may only rouse the mockery of those who do not comprehend them.
Then, like all persons living in solitude who are afflicted with an ever present and ever renewed grief, he related to the marquis at length the following narrative, which is here condensed, and relieved of the many digressions made by both the narrator and the listener.
A room in the house in Saville Row was set apart for Aouda, who was overwhelmed with grief at her protector's misfortune.
And, as in all griefs there is said to be some consolation, I may mention that poor Mary, when left at her friend's departure in a hysterical condition, was placed under the medical treatment of the young fellow from the surgery, under whose care she rallied after a short period.
Jos was unaffectedly glad to see and shake the hand of his father, between whom and himself there had been a coolness--glad to see his little sister, whom he remembered so pretty and smiling, and pained at the alteration which time, grief, and misfortune had made in the shattered old man.
The implied reproaches against her father--her father, who was lying there in a sort of living death--neutralized all her pity for griefs about tablecloths and china; and her anger on her father's account was heightened by some egoistic resentment at Tom's silent concurrence with her mother in shutting her out from the common calamity.
Maggie, almost choked with mingled grief and anger, left the room, and took her old place on her father's bed.
She would often think, if she had such a friend as that to whom to tell her griefs, how much lighter her heart would be--that if she were but free to hear that voice, she would be happier.
It is just one of the many griefs they have learned to wrestle with creatively.
Bernardino of Busti quoted John that "the griefs which the Virgin avoided in giving birth she sustained in the Passion of Christ.