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“Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae,” by Ernest Dowson

A simple poem speaks eloquently to the loneliness of grief

Ernest Dowson’s unusually titled poem, “Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae” (“I am not as I was in the reign of good Cynara”) is a simple yet very effective piece about a man’s longing for a lost lover … Continue reading

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“My Dad’s Hands” by David Ketter, a Father’s Day Poem

A man remembers something special about his father

On June 18 of this year, the third Sunday of the month, the United States celebrated Father’s Day. Father’s Day was first observed throughout Catholic Europe on March 19 during the Middle Ages. As time passed, people began to celebrate … Continue reading

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“Like Father Like Son” by Douglas Mcguire

A touching poem about a military family

The poem I chose today, “Like Father Like Son” pays tribute to Memorial Day in the United States. It is the day when Americans honor the men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. We celebrate … Continue reading

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“Death of a Young Son by Drowning” by Margaret Atwood

The poem dives into the depths of parental grief

Margaret Atwood’s earthy poem, “Death of a Young Son by Drowning,” perfectly captures the life-altering heartache that comes after the loss of a child. Atwood’s words are abundant in texture, and her similes are bitingly accurate. This lends the poem … Continue reading

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“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson

A poem that describes an encounter with mortality

“Because I could not stop for death He kindly stopped for me The carriage held but just ourselves And immortality.” Emily Dickinson, born in 1830, was in many ways a living contradiction. She was raised in a Calvinist, orthodox, conservative … Continue reading

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“Bereavement,” By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley's poem describes one man's intense grief

Percy Bysshe Shelley is known as one of the preeminent Romantic English poets of the 19th century. Though he only lived to be 29 years old, he is regarded by many to be one of the most influential poets of the English … Continue reading

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