Famous Death Poems

Classic Death Poems

Since the beginning of time, humans have been born, have lived their sometimes grand and sometimes ordinary lives, and have thereafter been laid to rest in countless graves and tombs. Death is something that, in a peculiar way, unites people everywhere, regardless of their social status, race, religious beliefs, or country of residence. This curious aspect of human nature inspired countless famous poets to contemplate, and write about, man's mortality. Famous poets like Emily Dickinson, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and Mary Elizabeth Frye all had their own unique ways of viewing death and its effect on the living, views that still impact readers, even today.

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Death Is Nothing At All By Henry Scott-Holland
Death Is Nothing At All

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

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A question has been asked, " What do you think makes this poem a classic?" What makes anything in life a classic, is that it's meaning or message stands the test of time. When we try to...

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  • By Mary Elizabeth Frye
Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,...

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Beautiful. My biggest loss came 13 years ago. Seems like yesterday. Everything turned a hazy shade of gray and I just couldn't see the sun shine. Reading over the comments of so many lost...

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But You Didn't By Merrill Glass
  • By Merrill Glass
But You Didn't

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Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me...
But you didn't....

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One of the best poem i have ever seen. #DEEPRESPECT

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, ...

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This is indeed a great poem and very touching. I love it!

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The Little White Hearse By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Little White Hearse

Somebody's baby was buried to-day--
The empty white hearse from the grave rumbled back,
And the morning somehow seemed less smiling and gay
As I paused on the walk while it crossed on its way,...

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O Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

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On Another's Sorrow By William Blake
On Another's Sorrow

Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?...

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My family went through some tough times and I first read this poem after we got help from our friends. This poem always reminds me that there is always hope for people.

The Cross of Snow By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Cross of Snow

In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
A gentle face--the face of one long dead--
Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light....

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