Tag Archives: Poems about Death

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe Explores the Characteristics of Grief

A bird that speaks only one word shreds a man's soul

Edgar Allan Poe published “The Raven” to mixed reviews in January of 1845. He was paid only a modest fee for his work, which did not become famous until well after his death five years later. The cause of Poe’s … Continue reading

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“For the Anniversary of My Death” by W. S. Merwin

A poet ponders the world without him in it

In “For the Anniversary of My Death,” American poet W.S. Merwin muses on life and his transient place in it. The poems beings, Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to … 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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The Hour of Lead

Emily Dickinson perfectly captures the numbness we experience after the passing of a loved one

My post last week was about letting go of sorrows in order to be happy, and to fully appreciate the good experiences in life. While this is an important stage to come to, it’s certainly not what immediately follows a … Continue reading

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