However, it is important to emphasize the varying degree of historicity of the Sumerian Laments
As an example of this, she hints at a set of similarities between Ezekiel and the weeping goddess in the Mesopotamian City Laments
During this time, I was able to ascertain that the socially sanctioned modes for the expression of grief was the singing of funerary laments
known as cidid (a word derived from the verb cidd (meaning to "enumerate" or "repeat").
Although the modern common-sense view tends to conceive of death as the end of existence, a mutual typological similarity of liminal rites can be brought out in traditional cultures, which on the textual plane is expressed in an archetypical identity--going even as far as similar usage of words and images--of laments
used in different kinds of rites.
Toswell investigates the use of lament
psalms in medieval England and their relationship with Old English poetry in the context of 'grief work' because laments
'provide a way to perform that grief, to provide words for the work of mourning' (p.
In Joseph Harris's intelligent and thought-provoking analysis " 'Myth to Live By' in Sonatorrek," which is an updated version of a 1999 paper, (1) Harris convincingly argues that real laments
in Old Norse culture were modeled on mythic ones, using the archetypal lament
of Odin for Baldr as a case study.
Fritschel, "The Psalms: Individual Laments
as Communal Hymns," in The Difficult Bur Indispensable Church, ed.
Certainly Shakespeare has varied the social function of lament
, given that the Virgin's laments
(as Goodland argues) served a communal, representational function, whereas the contest in King John is "between Constance and everyone else in the world of play, even her son Arthur" (126).
by George Hagen (Sceptre paperback, pounds 7.
She centres her focus on secular laments
made by Casiiian women, suggesting a classification of their components.
Charmingly funny, The Laments
follows a family from the days following their first son's birth, and death, to their adoption of another baby, the birth of their twin sons and their many travels through most of the English-speaking countries of the world.
The public nature of this confrontation--in the open, at the gravesite--implies that the sisters' laments
have a rhetorical appeal that the consolers find threatening to their position as the self-appointed spokesmen of 'godys myght'.