Famous Death Poems

Famous Grief Poetry

Since the beginning of time, humans 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 today.

Best Poems About Death by Famous Poets

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  1. I Measure Every Grief I Meet

    I measure every Grief I meet
    With narrow, probing, eyes –
    I wonder if It weighs like Mine –
    Or has an Easier size.

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  3. 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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    This is the most wonderful piece of writing I know. It has brought comfort to so many people I have shared it with. I was sent it on the death of my husband five years ago.

  4. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

    • By Mary Elizabeth Frye

    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 dad passed away 6 months ago, just shortly after I turned 17. I found this poem a few weeks after, and whenever I feel grief or anger or just plain sadness, I like to pull up this poem to...

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  6. A Child Of Mine

    I will lend you, for a little time,
    A child of mine, He said.
    For you to love the while he lives,
    And mourn for when he's dead.

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    This poem means so much to me as a mother. I lost my baby boy when he was only a week and a day old in the hospital. I read this poem at his funeral. This poem was supporting me as I was...

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  7. Dirge Without Music

    I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
    So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
    Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
    With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

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  8. But You Didn't

    • By Merrill Glass

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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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    This poem has touched me so much. It has plenty of sadness, pain, regret, and a lot of untold love. She was brave and strong!!!

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  10. 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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    Just read this poem after discovering your fantastic site, and I've not been so touched by verse for a very long time! I LOVE her poetry anyway, (I've seen it copied by others on Facebook!),...

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  11. Remember

    Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;
    When you can no more hold me by the hand,
    Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.

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  12. 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.

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

  13. A Happy Man

    When these graven lines you see,
    Traveller, do not pity me;
    Though I be among the dead,
    Let no mournful word be said.

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