The term laudation, which is called a sermon, comes from the Greek and means “praise” for someone or something. A laudatory speech is a literary device that is a laudatory expression in a speech or a written tribute to a recently deceased person.We can say it is a commendation or high praise intended to honor a dead family member or loved one to pay homage, or it is a tribute to a dead person at their burial.
Eulogies are also paid homage to living persons; For example, it can be dedicated to retired colleagues, supervisors or co-workers in order to achieve a respectable position and noble deeds. Hence, it is generally a gesture to honor someone.
Difference between laudation, elegy, and obituary
These three terms are often confused because of these three terms A laudation and an elegy are similar because both are written for the dead. An elegy is a song or poem with a plaintive tone that expresses the loss of a family member or a loved one. A laudation, on the other hand, is a speech or a written homage to the deceased or perhaps to a living person, and it does not necessarily have to be in the form of a poem. However, an obituary is a completely different term from eulogy and elegy because it is a published biography that tells the life of someone who recently died.
Examples of praise in literature
Example # 1: Mr. Wm. Shakespeare, died April 1616 (by William Basse)
“The renowned Spenser, a closer thought
For the scholar Chaucer, and the rare Beaumont lies
A little closer to Spenser for make space
your triple, quadruple grave.
Better this day and that fate be killed ...
Sleep the rare tragic Shakespeare, sleep alone,
That for us and others it may be 40a4Honor in the future be deposited by you. ”
Basse has dedicated this eulogy to William Shakespeare 25 years. Suggests that his grave should have been next to Spenser, Chaucer and Beaumont in Westminster Abbey. Vain sympathies! ...
The current still slides, and it will slide forever;
Form remains, function never dies; outh challenged
Items should disappear; So be it! ... ”
Through love, hope and the transcendent gift of faith,
We feel that we are greater than we think.
Wordsworth wrote this laudation in honor of his close friend. The speaker recalls the memories of his late friend that his noble deeds will never die even though he is physically no longer with him.
Example 3: O Captain, Oh Captain (By Walt Whitman)
“O Captain! My captain! Our fearful journey is over.
The ship survived every rack, the prize we were looking for has been won.
The harbor is nearby, the bells that I hear, the people who all cheer Follow the eyes of the steady keel, the grim and daring ship;
But oh heart! Heart! Heart! “
In this poem Whitman pays tribute to the American President Abraham Lincoln, whom many Americans recognize as a hero. The speaker calls him a captain. and then calls out "dear father!" He values his captain very much for the success of the mission and for the services he has rendered for his country:
“The victorious ship comes in from a fearful voyage with an object it has won. "
Example 4: A Farewell (from Alfred Lord Tennyson)
" A thousand suns will shine on you
A a thousand moons will tremble;
But not of you will my steps be forever and ever. "
Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem A Farewell is also a laudation what the poet himself says goodbye to nature. He beautifully describes the fact that death is inevitable and no one can escape it. He says goodbye to trees, seas and rivers and other elements of the Nature because he will die and be forgotten. But his nature will forever be the same to people who have not seen or known it. Many writers and poets have written eulogies in honor of famous writers. Another function of the eulogy is to keep the memories of the Preserving the dead As we have learned from the examples above, the type of laudation is optimistic and is intended to strengthen the morale of the depressed family.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw