Grief Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Grief


  1. Adonais Shelley’s elegy for John Keats. [Br. Lit.: “Adonais” in Benét, 10]
  2. Aedon changed to nightingale for murdering son; her song funereal. [Gk. Legend: NCE, 24]
  3. Aegiale (Aegle) her tears of grief become amber. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 6]
  4. All Souls’ Day holy day of prayer for repose of departed souls. [Christianity: Brewer Dictionary, 1021]
  5. arms reversed visual symbol of grieving. [Heraldry: Jobes, 128]
  6. Artemisia (fl. 4th century B.C.) built Mausoleum to commemorate husband. [Gk. Hist.: Walsh Classical, 32]
  7. Balder (Baldur) when he was slain, all things on earth wept. [Scand. Myth: Brewer Dictionary, 70]
  8. Canens Janus’s daughter; cried herself to death over disappearance of husband, Picus. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 49]
  9. Ceres grieving over the loss of her daughter Persephone, she withholds her gifts from the earth, thus bringing on winter. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton Mythology, 49]
  10. Clementine forty-niner’s drowned daughter; “lost and gone forever.” [Am. Music: Leach, 236]
  11. cypress symbol of mourning. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 402]
  12. dandelion symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 413]
  13. Eos inconsolably weeps for slain son, Memnon. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1065]
  14. Grief Adams memorial by St.- Gaudens in Washington, D. C. [Am. Art: EB, VIII: 781]
  15. Hecuba mourns the death of her children. [Gk. Drama: Benét, 450]
  16. Hyacinthus beautiful youth, accidentally killed; from his blood sprang flower marked with letters Al, a lament. [Gk. Myth: Howe, 134]
  17. In Memoriam Tennyson’s tribute to his friend, A. H. Hallam. [Br. Lit.: Harvey, 808]
  18. Kaddish a prayer said for a close relative. [Judaism: Jobes, II, 901]
  19. Kinah woeful dirge recited on Tishah b’Av. [Judaism: Wigoder, 342]
  20. Kumalo, Rev. Stephen Zulu clergyman saddened by fate of fellow blacks. [South African Lit.: Cry, the Beloved Country]
  21. Libbeus the Apostle gentlest apostle, dies from despair at Christ’s death. [Ger. Lit.: The Messiah]
  22. Lycidas Milton’s elegy for his friend, Edward King (1637). [Br. Lit.: NCE, 1781]
  23. marigold symbol of grief. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
  24. Niobe weeps unceasingly for her murdered children. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 259]
  25. O Captain! My Captain! Whitman’s elegy commemorating Lincoln’s death. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 726]
  26. On My First Son Ben Jonson’s short poem mourning the death of his first son. [Br. Lit.: Norton, 243]
  27. Pietà representation of sorrowing Virgin with dead Christ. [Art: Hall, 246]
  28. poppy symbol of consolation. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176; Kunz, 329]
  29. Rachel massacre of innocents fulfills prophecy that she will weep. [N.T.: Matthew 2:18; Jeremiah 31:15]
  30. red on blue symbol of death and mourning. [Chinese Art: Jobes, 357]
  31. shivah seven days of grieving following close relative’s burial. [Judaism: Wigoder, 550]
  32. swallow bird that cried “consolation” at Lord’s crucifixion. [Animal Symbolism: Brewer Dictionary, 1050]
  33. Tishah be’Av (9th of Av) Jewish day of lamentation for destruction of Temple. [Judaism: Wigoder, 51]
  34. Wailing Wall Western wall where Jews lament the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. [Judaism: EB, X: 627]
  35. weeping willow symbolizes grief at loss. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
  36. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d Whitman poem mourns the death of Lincoln. [Am. Lit.: Benét, 1085]