Death Poems: Classic, Contemporary, Witty, Serious, by Russ Kick

By Russ Kick

Pretty a lot each poet in all ages has written approximately loss of life and loss of life. in addition to love, it'd be the preferred topic in poetry. but, before, no anthology has collected the easiest and most famed of those verses in a single place.

This assortment levels dramatically. With greater than 320 poems, it is going throughout all of historical past, from the ancients instantly via to this day. throughout nations and languages, throughout faculties of poetry. You’ll discover a plethora of approaches—witty, funny, lethal severe, tear-jerking, clever, profound, offended, religious, atheistic, doubtful, hugely own, political, mythic, earthy, and in simple terms sometimes morbid.

Every perspective you could examine is covered—the deaths of youngsters, misplaced loves, funeral rites, shut calls, consuming meat, serial killers, the demise penalty, roadkill, the Underworld, reincarnation, elegies for well-known humans, demise as an equalizer, loss of life as a junk guy, loss of life as a toddler, the demise of God, the dying of dying . . . .

You’ll locate demise poetry’s maximum hits, including:
  • “Because i couldn't cease for loss of life” through Emily Dickinson
  • “To an Athlete loss of life younger” by means of A.E. Housman
  • “Do no longer cross mild into that reliable evening” by means of Dylan Thomas
  • “When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom’d” by means of Walt Whitman
  • “Annabel Lee” by way of Edgar Allan Poe

The remainder of the band contains . . .Jane Austen, Mary Jo Bang, Willis Barnstone, Charles Baudelaire, William Blake, Charlotte Brontë, Lord Byron, Lucille Clifton, Andrei Codrescu, Wanda Coleman, Billy Collins, Ralph Waldo Emerson, T.S. Eliot, Nick Flynn, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Kimiko Hahn, Homer, Victor Hugo, Langston Hughes, James Joyce, C.S. Lewis, Amy Lowell, W.S. Merwin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Pablo Neruda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Friedrich Nietzsche, Wilfred Owen, Rainer Maria Rilke, Christina Rossetti, Rumi, Sappho, Shakespeare, Wallace Stevens, Ruth Stone, Wislawa Szymborska, W.B. Yeats, and some hundred more.

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