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“At the Gate” by Henrik Nordbrandt

The sudden death of a loved one makes the poet reflect

Dying takes place in so many different ways. Some people, for instance, die slowly as the result of a terminal illness or a condition like heart disease. Others die swiftly, victims of an accident or a fast-acting illness. It is … Continue reading

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“On the Death of Anne Bronte” by Charlotte Bronte

The loss of a sister inspires poetry

In England in the 1840s, one of the most revered literary families was the Bronte sisters, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte. The parents, Patrick and Maria, had five girls and one boy. Their mother died while all the … Continue reading

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“I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger

A young poet foretells his own death

Poet Alan Seeger wrote “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” sometime during World War I. His premonition proved accurate. Seeger was shot in the stomach and died in 1916 during the Battle of Somme. The first few lines of “I Have … Continue reading

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“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

When is following orders without question valiant?

When people seek poems about soldiers valiantly facing death, they often turn to “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It’s little wonder. The poet was so moved when he received news of the battle that inspired … Continue reading

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“I’m Here” by James P. Graham

A dead mother speaks to her child from the grave

“I’m Here” is a poem by James P. Graham. The author was just 17 when his mother died, and his little sister was 3. He wrote “I’m Here” so that his sister could remember their mother and how much she … Continue reading

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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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