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Subject Index - Bereavement and Loss

Stoneman Douglas Memorial

One of the most common - yet most important functions of poetry is to help us deal with emotions - to find a way to say the unsayable, or deal with the unspeakeable. To express the things that have such emotional weight that we ourselves are sometimes speachless.

Poets, like everyone else, have dealt with loss of loved ones, and tragedy at the singular and sadly at the communty level. As we go through our lives, we deal with the loss of the prior generations, then must learn to deal with the loss of friends and peers, siblings and spouses. To deal with the death of a child is a special sadness that carries even greater weight. Understand that in past centuries, that particular tragedy was all too common. There is an additional section in the Subject Index for Memorials - which focus on someone commonly known or special to the poet.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

And then of course is the thought of what happens to ourselves? Many a poet has written a commentary on what it means to face the end of days.

Many of the works at Poets' Corner are from the timeframe of the First World War, or The Great War as it was known then. (Who knew the world would be foolish enough to have another?) Some of those are listed under War in a different section of the Subject Index.

Nelson (Howard) Miller and I have a common favorite: Bread and Music by Aiken.

  1. Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken (the first part)
    The simple and everyday memories of things that tie us to those we have lost.

  2. Time Does Not Bring Relief by Edna St. Vincent Millay

  3. Stoneman Douglas Memorial
  4. A Happy Man by Edwin Arlington Robinson
    From the viewpoint of the departed.

  5. Beautiful Hands by Emma M. H. Gates

  6. Our Little Ghost by Louisa May Alcott

  7. Prospice by Robert Browning
    The poet looking forward to meeting his spose once again in death (poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

  8. Open, Time by Loise Imogen Guiney

  9. Christina Rossetti
  10. Parted by Alice Meynell

  11. Calm on the Bosom of our God by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

  12. Remember by Christina Rossetti
    Better by far you should forget and smile
    Than that you should remember and be sad

  13. A Song of Faith by Josiah Gilbert Holland

  14. L'Envoi by John G. Neihardt

  15. The Exequy by Ben King

  16. Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    Tennyson's metaphor is a famous one: death as the beginning of a new journey.

  17. Stoneman Douglas Memorial
  18. Death of an Infantby Lydia H. Sigourney

  19. Asleep by William Winter
    And he said, "My love was weary--God bless her! she's asleep."

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