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Lamentations are songs (but also poems ) in which the loss of a person or an object to which one had an emotional connection is deplored . Above all pain and grief are discussed, but also the glorification of the dead. Klagelieder as dirges or Totenlieder are a shaped form of lament . With the increasing individualization of mourning, the song of the dead found its way out of the sacred realm and found its way into secular culture or pop culture.

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See also

There are several names for the "lament": Threnodie , Lamento or Lamentatio and in English also Dirge .

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Wiktionary: Lamentation  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations