The letter "j" has an interesting history. It is actually a pretty new addition to the English alphabet. Prior to medieval times, if the letter "i" was followed by another vowel it and was pronounced as "y." In the Middle Ages, the letter "j" was assigned to this sound, so a word like "iest" transformed into "jest."
Who knew, right? It’s such a common letter, to our knowledge. But, sure enough, it didn’t enter the English language until later in history. That makes the letter "j" just a little bit more unique and mysterious, doesn’t it?
While elegy poems are not the most joyful type of literature, they are certainly worth knowing about since they provide details to the reader about someone else's life. One well-known example of an elegy is Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard."