epicedial

epicedial

(ˌɛpɪˈsiːdɪəl)
adj
(Poetry) funereal
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The Times story on Eagleton's book ran under the headline, "Cultural Theorists, Start Your Epitaphs." Indeed, an epicedial discourse surrounds theory in North America: from gasbag neocon wordsmythe Christopher Hitchens in the New York Times Book Review, to articles in Slate, Salon.com, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Recalling how Arthur Symons drew Ernest Dowson brilliantly out of focus in his epicedial essay, standing memorial as preface at the gateway to the posthumous edition of his works, and thus fathered a legend, one is disturbed to wonder how much to accept of the received legend of Poe, derived from his friend and literary executor (or executioner!) Rufus Wilmot Griswold's smudged picture, and filtered by the hoodwinked down the years.