“Xielou” and “Haoli” were two impressive elegies in Han Yuefu. The two Yuefu poems, featuring particular elegiac style and depicting the impermanence of life by uncomplicated words, have occupied a unique position in Chinese literary history. Later, the two elegies had developed into “Xielouxing” and “Haolixing” and were intentionally mimicked by following writers. This paper aims to compare the elegiac themes, throughout different times and from various backgrounds, in order to observe the elegy evolution developing from practical applications of funeral service to lyric epics. The study shows that authors of Wei-Jin dynasty had a subtle and careful examination of life and death. This paper also analyzes the differences between “Xielou” and “Haoli” in terms of the original form and cultural meaning. “Xielou” was related to the local labor songs and “Haoli” was impacted by the prototypical faith in the Mountain Tai which could master one’s life and death.