Famous Sad Poems

Classic Sad Poems by Famous Poets

Coping with sadness can be quite a challenge. Many famous poets understood that whether one feels sadness because of a breakup, the loss of a loved one, illness, or another of life's many injustices, one of the best ways to vent this complicated emotion is through poetry. Many famous poets used their words to turn sadness into something tangible, making it easier to understand. Poems that deal with sadness have often helped their writers to identify the true source of their sadness. They can also help readers to feel understood and less alone.

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Richard Cory By Edwin Arlington Robinson
Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim....

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Alone By Edgar Allan Poe
Alone

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.

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Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Solitude

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.

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I think she means that we all die alone and that dying is an experience we go through alone. This line, that has "destroyed the inspiration theme" may also suggest that there is not really...

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Mirror By Sylvia Plath
Mirror

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful ‚...

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A Hero By Robert William Service
A Hero

Three times I had the lust to kill,
To clutch a throat so young and fair,
And squeeze with all my might until
No breath of being lingered there.

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In my opinion this poem shows signs of OCD. This is because a common thought which people with OCD suffer is that they have intrusive thoughts which have to do with killing people. Reports...

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