Famous Death Poems

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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  • 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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My fourteen year old daughter was killed in an accident less than two weeks ago. Last night I was just browsing on my laptop to pass the time and found this poem that I bookmarked sometime in...

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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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I love this poem.
Thank you ever so much.

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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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