Dark Poems

Dark Poems

Dark Poems about Life

Sadness and darkness are natural cousins. Since ancient times, people have worn black to express their grief. Happiness is attracted to sunshine and depression to darkness. There is a certain romance in darkness and melancholy. There is something mysterious about that which is hidden and unknown. Dark poems may seek to romanticize sadness and depression. Other dark poems are simply poems about sad subjects. The poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe is an example of a delightfully spooky dark poem. There is much room for creativity in this genre.

25 Poems for When the World Seems Dark and Lonely

  1. 1. The Cremation Of Sam McGee

    Service was inspired to write this dark and spooky narrative poem by the stories he heard from the people of the Yukon. The poem was published in his book, Songs of a Sourdough in 1907. "The Cremation of Sam McGee" has turned out to be one of Service's most famous poems.

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;

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    I never heard this before, but I absolutely loved it. The story was creepy but cute, the rhyme was sheer perfection, and I didn't want the story to end; it was so exciting. This poet is so...

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  3. 2. The Raven

    One of the most famous poems ever written, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe is a delightfully spooky, dark poem. What makes this poem so remarkable? There is a certain romance in darkness and melancholy. There is something mysterious about that which is hidden and unknown. Dark poems seek to romanticize sadness and depression. There is much room for creativity in this genre.

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

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  5. 3. Out Out

    Out, Out by Robert Frost is a narrative poem published in a collection of poems titled Mountain Interval in 1916 when millions of young men were losing their lives on the battlefields of World War I. On an American farm a hungry young boy is cutting wood with a buzz saw. Frost uses personification with the saw and an artist's imagery to narrate as the boy loses his hand and then his life in terrible yet mundane detail.

    The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
    And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
    Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
    And from there those that lifted eyes could count

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  6. 4. The Ongoing Battles With My Demons

    I wrote this poem during a very down period in my life.

    I peek through blinds that are tightly drawn,
    Shocked by the glow of the breaking dawn.
    I shun the brilliance of another day.
    Enslaved and entombed, I stay hidden away.

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    When words spurt the imagination into someone else's conceptualized perspective. This poem has a pure element I can relate to. Thank you

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  7. 5. Cold Dark Corner

    This poem was written during some of the hardest times I've yet to come by.

    There's a cold dark corner
    in the back of my room,
    it speaks to me
    and says I'm coming for you.

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    We all have ways of expressing ourselves. Some chose not to do so at all. I'm glad that I could help find some emotional security during those times. I hope that you found yourself to be a...

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  8. 6. Circus In Three Rings

    Sylvia Plath was an American poet who lived from 1932-1963. Sylvia’s dad died during her childhood, and her husband left her for another woman. She experienced heartbreak and depression that ultimately led to her commit suicide at the age of 30. Her poetry was raw and honest, which can be seen in the chaos she captures in this poem. First published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1955, the hurricane mentioned in the poem could be compared to the personal struggles that swirled inside of her.

    In the circus tent of a hurricane
    designed by a drunken god
    my extravagant heart blows up again
    in a rampage of champagne-colored rain

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  9. 7. A Hero

    Robert William Service was a British-Canadian author who lived from 1874-1958. He spent much of his early career years as a banker, but his dream was to be a cowboy. This poem shows the dark side of a person, someone who wishes to kill another, and in the end decides it's better to kill himself.

    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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    Very well written but a very disturbing situation. Powerful and powerfully sad.

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  10. 8. Darkness

    • By Evangeline King
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 16, 2023

    A powerful poem that explores the feelings of darkness and uncertainty that can consume us in the darkest of moments. Through the use of repetition and vivid imagery, the poem paints a picture of internal turmoil and the desire for release from suffering.

    No moon tonight
    Darkness creeps in
    Into my soul
    Into my heart

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  11. 9. A Cry From The Soul

    I think that everyone one time or another has had dark days

    Trapped with nowhere to turn, life is changing beyond my control,
    causing this deep ache in the bottom of my soul.

    Someone else is pulling the strings,

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    I hope everything has changed, light has fallen upon your soul and love and happiness knocked on your doorstep. No matter what we go through, always pray. Some things happen for reasons we...

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  12. 10. Burn The Beauty

    The deception of beauty

    One does not own beauty.
    One creates it.
    In their dreams,
    They feel they can obtain it.

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    This is magnificent! Ever word is placed perfectly in place, and it's just so hauntingly beautiful! But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as cliche as it sounds. But what defines...

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  13. 11. Demon's Wrath

    • By Shianne
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017

    I wrote this poem when I felt like the world was suffocating me, when I had no one to turn to and no one I could talk to.

    Whisper it, don't let them hear.
    Be careful; it's them you should fear.
    Follow them, do what they say,
    And for your sake, don't run away.

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  14. 12. Death

    • By Evan
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2012

    Just wanted to see if it was any good. so comment and rate

    Time stops
    And stands still
    Each day
    Seems like a year

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  15. 13. I Will Wear Masks

    • By Joe Dirt
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2011

    I have beat cancer twice and am presently fighting again along with the effects of a stroke. The attempt on my life erased 42 years of memories. I have fought and won a battle of addiction. Friends have been leaving my life, and some others have gone as far as to convince people none of this happened. I can't find the strength to reach out again in fear of what will happen if I do. Losing friends and your identity is a lonely place made only for me. JOE DIRT JUNE/2010

    In times of trouble and insanity,
    I carry masks to disguise
    the pain I carry
    secure behind my eyes.

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    This poem truly spoke to me. It's so accurate on so many levels. Life has been hard, and I've had to grow up fast. I've had to be strong and show no panic so my mother would think everything...

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  16. 14. Unseen

    Sometimes we come to a point where we no longer know what's happening around us.

    you are trapped in a cage..
    no one sees it.. not even you..
    you don't know what it's made of..
    you don't even know where it came from..

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    I really like this, I was thinking of getting a tattoo for my 18th of a bird cage with the door open but as the bird tries to fly it is still chained down and I thought this poem actually...

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  17. 15. The Voices Inside

    • By Leah Robinson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008

    I am a young girl who expresses her feellings with poetry. I always feel angry, so I sit down and write, and it makes me happy. When you read my poems you will feel the same sadness and darkness I do.

    You're away in your dreams,
    You're at peace far away,
    Don't you just think that?
    Maybe you could stay,

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    I like the way you write. You write so dark I happen to write the same way. a lot of people don't understand why I write so sad but that's my best writing. So I guess I'm saying keep writing...

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  18. 16. Losing Myself

    • By Remnant
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009

    A little bit everywhere, but it comes straight from my heart...

    My eyes close.
    I'm holding onto
    my memories
    and hatred.

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    I've been in this dark place for awhile now too. I haven't smiled since he broke my heart two weeks ago. I just wanted to comment by saying thank you for sharing this poem because it let me...

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  19. 17. A Night In Sorrow

    • By Kita
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008

    This poem is about a girl who uses pain and darkness as a pleasure and finds herself looking for someone who was lost.

    I watch as the blood trickles down my arm
    I close my eyes and hope for you to come.
    I never knew what it was like to be alone
    All I want for you to do is come back home.

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  20. 18. Lies Of Dreams

    • By Shianne
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2018

    I wrote this while I was in English class. it doesn't really tie into anything specific. It was more or less a bunch of words and sentences that I put together to make a poem.

    A wish upon a bed of lies
    A hope that fell like tears from your eyes
    Shattered dreams cast aside
    Forgotten memories of how you tried

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  21. 19. Abstruse Psyche

    things tend to be unfathomable at times..

    in the midst of nothingness
    searching through darkness
    embracing loneliness
    comprehending vagueness

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  22. 20. Behind These Walls

    • By Jenna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2013

    This was originally an idea I had for a song. It's kind of spooky if you ask me! I hope you enjoy this. It's true. Behind these walls there's a world inside...

    They watch the world
    with open eyes.
    They haunt the world
    with an open mind.

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    I’m inspired by this poem because it speaks about how the world is, and I can see that the writer took her time to find just the right words to reflect the title. This section said a lot...

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