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threnody

, threnode
an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead
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We sense the deep scars of the war on Achebe in this melodic, threnodic, but measured narrative.
The Eye of the Earth is a threnodic evocation of the tragic depredations of our natural being by urbanizing, and/or modernizing and who, rather than plough the earth, plunders it.
When she gives him the gun, Althea challenges Michael to pick up the gun anytime he thinks he can make a better world, taunting him with the threnodic question, "How does it feel?" (100).
In "The Corset Shop," the enchanting "rosy froufrou" of Madame Marguerite's corseterie, where women enclose their bodies in "brittle flame" and brassiere, becomes the setting of an "unforgettable, unforgivable" initiatory moment: Madam and Mother giggle as they fail to find a brassiere "broad enough to stretch" across the girl's back, "yet small enough to cup [her] just emerging breasts." The poem's threnodic mood loops in swiftly, thwarting and partially overwriting the humiliation with quiet revelations of love and dignity: