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melancholy

Archaic
a. a gloomy character, thought to be caused by too much black bile
b. one of the four bodily humours; black bile

Melancholy

See also Grief.
Acheron
river of woe in the underworld. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 5]
Anatomy of Melancholy
lists causes, symptoms, and characteristics of melancholy. [Br. Lit.: Anatomy of Melancholy]
Barton, Amos
beset by woes. [Br. Lit.: “Sad Fortunes of Amos Barton” in Walsh Modern, 45]
black bile
humor effecting temperament of gloominess. [Medieval Physiology: Hall, 130]
blues
melancholy, bittersweet music born among American Negroes. [Am. Music: Scholes, 113]
Cargill, Rev. Josiah
serious, moody, melancholic minister. [Br. Lit.: St. Ronan’s Well]
Carstone, Richard
driven to gloom by collapse of expectations. [Br. Lit.: Bleak House]
cave of Trophonius
oracle so awe-inspiring, consulters never smiled again. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1103]
Eeyore
amusingly gloomy, morose donkey. [Children’s Lit.: Winnie-the-Pooh]
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
meditative poem of a melancholy mood. [Br. Lit.: Harvey, 266]
Ellis Island
immigration center where many families were separated; “isle of tears.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 193]
Gummidge, Mrs.
“lone lorn creetur” with melancholy disposition. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Hamlet
black mood dominates his consciousness. [Brit. Lit.: Shakespeare Hamlet]
hare
flesh brings melancholy to those who eat it. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 125]
Il Penseroso
poem celebrating the pleasures of melancholy and solitude. [Br. Lit.: Milton Il Penseroso in Magill IV, 577]
Jaques
“can suck melancholy out of a song.” [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Mock Turtle
forever weeping and bemoaning his fate. [Br. Lit.: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland]
Mudville
no joy here when Casey struck out. [Am. Sports Lit.: “Casey at the Bat” in Turlin, 642]
Orpheus
composed, sang many melancholic songs in memory of deceased Eurydice. [Gk. Myth.: Orpheus and Eurydice, Magill I, 700–701]
Roquentin, Antoine
discomfited by his existence’s purposelessness, solitarily despairs. [Fr. Lit.: Nausea]
Sad Sack
hapless and helpless soldier; resigned to his fate. [Comics: Horn, 595–596]
Valley of the Shadow of Death
life’s gloominess. [O.T.: Psalms 23:4]
Wednesday’s
child full of woe. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 309]
yew
tree symbolizes grief. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
References in classic literature ?
The world belongs to Melancholy then, a thoughtful deep-eyed maiden who loves not the glare of day.
Maria made no reply, but turned her eyes on Delafield, with an affected expression of melancholy that excited another laugh in her friend.
Bread had ever consciously likened herself to a planet), barely availed to temper the maternal melancholy with which she leaned her head on one side and gazed at her new employer.
He might be melancholy if he would, or he might be stoical; he might be cross and cantankerous with her and ask her why she had ever dared to meddle with his destiny: to this she would submit; for this she would make allowances.
The collective melancholy, huzun, is only possible when these two traditions of melancholy--the melancholy of the subject and melancholy as object--are woven together.
Melancholy, suspenseful, and at times alarming, this novel is a compellingly dark page-turner.
And King dips into after-hours jazz club territory with the melancholy "I Never Said I Love You.
Over time, the melancholy site became a focus for popular protests and in 1982, on the anniversary of the bombing, Dresdeners assembled in the ruins, a gathering that catalysed the emerging East German civil rights movement.
Built into the memoir of a minor columnist who has contemplated writing a book called Memories of My Melancholy Whores are disquisitions on mortality--familiar from Love in the Time of Cholera--and the shape of a life that has not achieved anything significant.
Which is why Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy should normally send us reaching for our hats and coats.
Sit all day in a moping posture, sigh and reply to everything in a dismal voice, and your melancholy lingers," he observed in 1884.
Although the famous Japanese folk tune is not the basis for this version of "Sakura," the same spirit of melancholy prevails.