Originally signified any serious subject/meditation on the part of the poet. Whether this reflected death, love, war or any information really. They take any form: a contemporary elegy does not abide by these conventions. These are the ones we are studying: the poets meditation is often brought on by the death of a particular person. It could also be the generalized, expression of a solemn sad mood. Is a literary form to memorialize an individual. The vaccum howard nemerov pg 57: the vacuum could mean an empty space or a cleaner. Notice how it is not titled vacuum cleaner. The title includes the word the. a specific vacuum is given that title: the date is 1955, there are 3 stanzas with 5 lines in each. The first stanza has a period which means its is own unit. Stanza 2 does not have a period but the third one does. The style is enjambment: the vacuum is a symbol.