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In Ovid Amores 3.9, the elegy for Tibullus, we read:

flebilis indignos, Elegeiia, solve capillos!
a! nimis ex vero nunc tibi nomen erit

My literal translation: "Tearful, loosen your undeserving hair, Elegy! Ah! Now you will have too true a name."

But what does the second line mean? Why will Elegy's name be "too true" after Tibullus's death?

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Elegeia was said to come from ἔλεγος, meaning "lament".

Ovid's pun is that now she will cry so much that she will really be Lament.

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