April 5, 2014 by KWills
Euphony literally means “good sound“, and is a method for controlling the feel of a poem. Using long vowels, semi-vowels and “soft” consonants, gives the whole poem a mellow tone, which is particularly suited to emotional or reflective verse – such as an elegy.
The definition of elegy has changed over the centuries, but the Encyclopaedia Britannica has it as:
“a meditative lyric poem lamenting the death of a public personage or of a friend or loved one; by extension, any reflective lyric on the broader theme of human mortality”
See also here and here for more on the elegy, its background and classical form. I’ve decided to keep things relatively light, and write an elegy for lost time. I was struck down by the dreaded lurgy on Wednesday, so getting my Camp NaNo project off to a bad start. It’s not too late to make up the lost ground, but it’s still frustrating. To ease that frustration, and to practice soothing sounds, here is my attempt at an elegy.
Elegy to a Lost Momentum
The hours fade to missing days,
Slumber-stolen, in unrestful rest.
Such hours as they should have been
Dream-driven, the muse lit on fire
Such hours will I find again
From the sofa, refreshed to arise
Finally, the solution to yesterday’s puzzle. I’ve included the clues again for reference.
Or a slight effeminisation; (CAMP)
Though it may be very small,
Scarcely to be seen at all. (NANO)
May you find a friend of honour (CompanioN)
Where this challenge has its founder. (AmericA)
Like conquering this, winning feels good. (MountaiN)
Unless, perhaps, you’re made of wood. (PinocchiO – although PianO also fits)
Congratulations to Sue for getting it right. You win a virtual round of applause: *applause*