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

By Russ Kick

Pretty a lot each poet in all ages has written approximately demise and loss of life. in addition to love, it'd be the most well-liked topic in poetry. but, before, no anthology has accrued the simplest and most renowned 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 immediately via to at the present time. throughout international locations and languages, throughout colleges of poetry. You’ll discover a plethora of approaches—witty, funny, lethal severe, tear-jerking, clever, profound, offended, non secular, atheistic, doubtful, hugely own, political, mythic, earthy, and merely sometimes morbid.

Every attitude you could think about 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, dying as a junk guy, dying as a baby, the dying of God, the loss of life of demise . . . .

You’ll locate dying poetry’s maximum hits, including:
  • “Because i couldn't cease for dying” by way of Emily Dickinson
  • “To an Athlete death younger” by means of A.E. Housman
  • “Do now not pass light into that reliable evening” through Dylan Thomas
  • “When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom’d” via Walt Whitman
  • “Annabel Lee” through Edgar Allan Poe

The remainder of the band comprises . . .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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