Tag Archives: Poetry about Death

“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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“To An Athlete Dying Young” by A.E. Housman

The benefits of living a short life

Alfred Edward Housman’s poem “To an Athlete Dying Young” was published in 1896. Housman was a professor of Latin at the University of London and, finally, at Cambridge. His sad, pessimistic poems spoke to a generation on the brink of … Continue reading

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Death in Hospice, as Told through the Eyes of a Poet and an Artist

Artist Nari Ward reflects on Carol Muske-Dukes' death poetry

It’s not often that we get to see two artists collaborate on a single subject, especially artists that come from entirely different disciplines. Carol Muske-Dukes is the former poet-laureate of California, whose work touches on women’s experiences and the value of … Continue reading

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“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”

- Aberjhani
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“Death comes not to the living soul, nor age to the loving heart.”

- Phoebe Cary
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“Peace” by Langston Hughes

Hughes’ funeral poem reflects on the futile nature of war when the ultimate price soldiers pay for peace is through their deaths

War and its consequences wreak havoc on countless lives with its numerous casualties — whether they are civilian members or the soldiers involved on either side. In his poem, “Peace,” one of my all-time favorite poets, Langston Hughes, captures the irony of war’s … Continue reading

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