EulogyA eulogy is a funeral oration given in tribute to a person or people who have recently died.
Eulogies should not be confused with elegies, which are poems written in tribute to the dead; nor with obituaries, which are published biographies recounting the lives of those who have recently died; nor with obsequies, which refer generally to the rituals surrounding funerals.
Some historically notable eulogies include:
- Eulogy for St Basil of Cæsarea, by St Gregory of Nyssa
- Fictional eulogy for Julius Cæsar by Mark Antony in Shakespeare's Julius Cæsar
- Jacques-Benigne Bossuet's eulogy for Henrietta-Maria Stuart
- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
- Abraham Lincoln's eulogy for Henry Clay
- Ralph Waldo Emerson's eulogy for Henry David Thoreau
- Martin Luther King, Jr's eulogy for the martyred children of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
- Ossie Davis's eulogy for Malcolm X
- Earl Charles Spencer's eulogy for Princess Diana