The Book of Lamentations is a book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It is a collection of five poems that express grief and despair over the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews to Babylon.
The Book of Lamentations is attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, who is traditionally believed to have written the poems as a response to the fall of the Kingdom of Judah to the Babylonians. The poems are written in the form of laments, or expressions of grief and sorrow, and they describe the suffering and devastation of the people of Jerusalem and the exile of the Jews to Babylon.
Key figures in the book of Lamentations include Jeremiah, who is traditionally believed to be the author of the poems, as well as the people of Jerusalem and the Jews who were exiled to Babylon. The book does not mention any other specific individuals, but it does include a number of references to God and his actions, as well as expressions of trust and reliance on him.