Tag Archives: Death Poetry

“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 Radiance Sutras Offer Pathways to Peace in Every Breathing Moment



New translation of ancient yogic text contains universal meditations for deep living

The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra — recently translated by Lorin Roche, Ph.D. as “The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight,” has no known date of origin or author, though it originates from the land we know today … Continue reading

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“Septimus” by Rachel Wetzsteon

A personal look at a poem considering the tragedy and beauty that accompany both life and death

So often we are conditioned to think of death as something tragic. And, undoubtedly, losing someone is heartbreaking. It shakes your entire world. It changes the way you move through your day to day. I had been, for many years, the … Continue reading

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“Last Words” by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath's funeral poem imagines what her ideal burial would look like

Sylvia Plath was both haunted and mesmerized by death. Suffering from depression at an early age, Plath’s poetry deeply encapsulates how she felt about dying. Her depression often evaporated her fear of death, which gave her a novel perspective on … Continue reading

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Reading Death Between the Lines

William Wordsworth captures grief over a lost loved one in eight short lines

How many lines does a poet need to write in order to record a loved one’s death? Of course, the story of a person’s death, as with their life, goes further than any number of words can express. British Romantic … Continue reading

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Death Is the Mother of Beauty

Wallace Stevens's famous declaration from "Sunday Morning" reconsiders death as vital to a full life

In a recent interview with SevenPonds, Terri Daniel encourages us to imagine death as catalyst for new growth, new perspective, new knowledge, or whatever an individual accepts as a gift buried in a loss. Mortality does not have to dampen … Continue reading

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