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recall happy memories like the child's favorite clothes. She also uses a technique in which she describes taking back everything that led up to her child’s birth, not because she didn’t love him, but because she didn’t want to go through the grief and loss associated with his death. She says, “[I would] further spin you back / through the nine waxing months… / you chose to be made flesh / Words within me.” (22-23, 25-26) The speaker’s way of dealing with loss and grief is to remember the good things in the past, and think about other possibilities. In all of these examples of elegies, the speaker uses poetic techniques such as repetition, imagery, and flashbacks to convey his/her sense of loss and grief. The elements of a traditional elegy mirror three stages of loss. The lament, where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then praise and admiration of the idealized dead, and finally consolation and solace. (Poets.org, “Poetic Form: The Elegy”) These stages of loss are seen in some way throughout all of three of the elegies mentioned, and many others, even if the stages aren’t clearly defined.
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