What is an elegy?
An elegy is a song that mourns for some one or thing. Yet, Marlowe references the Elegiac Muse of love, making the word elegy apply as a love poem, not just a dirge.
What is the epic convention?
Most epic poems share traits, called conventions. These common characteristics include
beginning in the middle of things (In medias res)
invoking the muse
stating a theme
adding epithets or representative names for a character
cataloguing or listing
making long, formal speeches
experiencing or calling for divine intervention, or the help of the gods
digressing form the story to reinforce a point
creating a setting that is large...
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