The elegy is a conscious work of art and not a spontaneous expression of sorrow. Substantiate this claim with reference to "Lycidas."
The craftsmanship and thematic elements of "Lycidas" show that the elegy genre is not a spontaneous expression of sorrow. With its classical allusions, rhyme scheme, and alliterative devices, the poem shows the careful artifice behind this poetic form. Further, the theme of sorrow at a poet's life cut short because of the work it takes to produce art underscores the conscious craftsmanship behind an elegy.