Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: leaving poetry behind
  • Legacy and revision in eighteenth-century Anglo-American elegy
  • Elegy and the subject of national mourning
  • Taking care of the dead: custodianship and opposition in antebellum elegy
  • Elegy's child: Waldo Emerson and the price of generation
  • Mourning of the disprized: African Americans and elegy from Wheatley to Lincoln
  • Retrievements out of the night: Whitman and the future of elegy.