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n.1.One who composes elegies.
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Instantly, I was an elegiast, and I've stayed one ever since: even now the back of my mind runs with scenes from the Williamstown of the fifties, where I spent entire summer days under the elms, wandering back roads, tramping through woods and high grass.
Further, Brodsky adds that Rein "is an elegiast, but of a tragic stripe.