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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  1. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver

    The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver By Edna St. Vincent Millay

    "Son," said my mother,
    When I was knee-high,
    "you've need of clothes to cover you,
    and not a rag have I.

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    Hello, I am Triparna. I am personally very fond of poems, especially sad ones. Today, while searching some of these type of poems, I came across this beautiful heart touching poem. I was so...

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  3. Richard Cory

    Richard Cory By Edwin Arlington Robinson

    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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    I read this poem as one of the mandatory literary pieces while in High School. Even at that tender age something about the absurdity of life struck me and it continued to haunt me. I tried to...

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  4. One Art

    One Art By Elizabeth Bishop

    The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
    so many things seem filled with the intent
    to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

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  6. A Dream Within A Dream

    A Dream Within A Dream By Edgar Allan Poe

    Take this kiss upon the brow!
    And, in parting from you now,
    Thus much let me avow-
    You are not wrong, who deem...

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    Most of what we learn we learn from others. It is the moments we ourselves have to live and learn that we realize most of what we are taught or preached have been lies. We all have to live...

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  7. Alone

    Alone By Edgar Allan Poe

    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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  8. Solitude

    Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    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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    This is a wonderful poem and I really liked it. My favorite yet!

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  10. A Hero

    A Hero By Robert William Service

    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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  11. Mirror

    Mirror By Sylvia Plath

    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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  12. The Bells

    The Bells By Edgar Allan Poe


    Hear the sledges with the bells -
    Silver bells!...

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  13. The Sick Rose

    The Sick Rose By William Blake

    O Rose, thou art sick!
    The invisible worm
    That flies in the night,
    In the howling storm,...

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