Elegy of/for a Candle

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arueng

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CHINESE
Hi,
The following is a poem I wrote for the purpose of practicing English. Which should I use, Elegy of or Elegy for a Candle? Thanks


Elegy of/for a Candle


My friends
Don't weep but smile for me
when one day I have to meet my maker
for then I won't suffer any more

To light up the darkness around me
I'm doomed to keep burning myself
until a pool of tears left
 
  • perpend

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    American English
    Oh my gosh. That's super cute, arueng. :) Made my day. You are a great writer.

    I might say:

    Candle elegy

    Don't weep, but smile for me
    when one day I have to meet my maker
    for then I won't suffer anymore

    To light up the darkness around me
    I'm doomed to keep burning
    until a pool of tears are left

    You have constructed a brilliant "elegy".

    You have creative license, as the writer of a poem. My high-lighted things are just points to ponder.
     

    arueng

    Senior Member
    CHINESE
    Thanks, Perpend and heypresto.
    Got it.
    By the way, it is "until a pool of tears are left" or "until a pool of tears is left?"
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I don't know. I guess "poetically" you could leave that verb out ("to be"), as you did in your original.

    Your question regarding "is" vs. "are" is one that is debated frequently on Wordreference. I guess grammatically "is" is correct, but you hear both.
     

    arueng

    Senior Member
    CHINESE
    I don't know. I guess "poetically" you could leave that verb out ("to be"), as you did in your original.

    Your question regarding "is" vs. "are" is one that is debated frequently on Wordreference. I guess grammatically "is" is correct, but you hear both.
    Thanks, Perpend.
    It's you that made my day.
    All the best to you
     

    lucas-sp

    Senior Member
    English - Californian
    "Elegy of a candle" = the candle wrote the elegy
    "Elegy for a candle" = the elegy was written about a candle
    "Elegy on a candle" = the elegy was written about a candle, and the author is a very, very high-toned poet
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    That's good to point out. I would have to revise my suggested title to: A Candle's Elegy

    The candle does write this elegy, right?
     
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