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Similarly, William Wordsworth had said that poetry should come from "emotions recollected in tranquility" (Preface to Lyrical Ballads, emphasis added). Tolkien in his essay "Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics" argues that Beowulf is a heroic elegy.

After the Romantics, "elegiac" slowly returned to its narrower meaning of verse composed in memory of the dead.

Gray used the term elegy for a poem of solitude and mourning, and not just for funereal (eulogy) verse.

He also freed the elegy from the classical elegiac meter.

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