Tag Archives: Poem

“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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”Halo” by Melissa Stein

A captivating poem that offers an intimate look at death

Melissa Stein is an incredibly talented author. The San Francisco poet’s work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, and for good reason. Her writing is visceral — the imagery it conjures is at once heartbreaking and uplifting. … Continue reading

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”Requiem with Coal, Butterflies and Terrible Angels” by Traci Brimhall

A poem that brings death to life with vibrant imagery and visceral emotion

  The idea of death often conjures unique images for different people. While death is inevitable, we all envision it a little differently, and we all deal with it in different ways. This poem, “Requiem with Coal, Butterflies and Terrible Angels,” … Continue reading

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”Song” by Christina Rossetti

A look at the serenity and peacefulness that can accompany death

A renowned poet, Christina Rossetti has a way of enchanting readers with her beautiful words and imagery. Even in her poems about death, Rossetti crafted an enthralling and almost whimsical moment for her readers to step into. This is especially true … 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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“On the Death of Anne Brontë” by Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë’s beautiful poem captures the painful grief people experience when they lose a beloved sibling for whom they would have done anything to spare them from the physical and emotional anguish of dying

Charlotte Brontë’s tribute poem to the loss of her baby sister, Anne, serves as an example of the reflections that occur in a grieving person’s mind when they lose someone for whom they deeply loved and cared. Within the span … Continue reading

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