Tag Archives: Poems on Death

”The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing,” Edited by Kevin Young

A collection of powerful poems focused about loss and healing from loss

“The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” is a collection of 150 poems on the heartbreaking, confusing, universal and inevitable experience of mourning, compiled by American poet and Emory University professor Kevin Young. It is a rarity in the … 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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”Waking or asleep, / Thou of death must deem / Things more true and deep / Than we mortals dream, / Or how could thy notes flow in such a crystal stream?”

–Percy Bysshe Shelley, from "To a Skylark"

Read the full poem here. More from A Right of Passage: Memorial Songs: “Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens  “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”  Memorial … Continue reading

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Loving Life, Appreciating Death

Amelia Burr’s straightforward poem is highly instructional

Much of the literature written on death finds a way of expressing it, and its meaning to the author, through symbolism and figurative language. However, some of it is written in simple terms, and this doesn’t mean it’s any less … Continue reading

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“I am in a duel to death with this wallpaper. One of us has to go.”

Oscar Wilde
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