Death is a recurring idea in thios poem. According to its classical definition, an elegy is a poem written in honor of some loved or esteemed person who has died. John Milton's pastoral "Lycidas" is a good example of the classic elegy. John Donne, a contemporary of Milton in the seventeenth century, took more liberty with the genre. His elegies address matters of human love that, to his metaphysical bent of mind, often resemble death.