A lament or lamentation is a work expressing grief, regret, or mourning. Many of the oldest poems in human history have been laments, and a rich tradition of musical settings has followed.
- the composer elegy (a/k/a epitaphium)
- the royalty elegy (often a monarch)
- the lover's lament on themes including the lover's death, or abandonment by one's lover
- the religious lament, such as Jeremiah's Lamentations
This page is intended to focus on secular laments, due to the large number of religious laments. Please see some original discussion on this page, and use this talk page to continue further discussion regarding whether a section for religious laments (and therefore separation of Laments) is warranted.
(See also the Wikipedia article on laments.)
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