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Subject - Death

Poetry is the harnessing of the paradox of earth cradling life and then entombing it. - Carl Sandburg


  1. The Last Word by Matthew Arnold

    Creep into thy narrow bed,
    Creep, and let no more be said!

  2. Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

    on going peacefully

  3. When Coldness Wraps this Suffering Clay by Lord Byron
  4. Heraclitus by William Cory

    on hearing of the death of a dear friend

  5. Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson
  6. My life closed twice before its close by Emily Dickinson
  7. The Dance of Death by Austin Dobson
  8. Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

    death's power is shown to be empty

  9. Lay a Garland on My Hearse by John Fletcher
  10. Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave? by Thomas Hardy
  11. His Meditation upon Death by Robert Herrick
  12. To Daffodills by Robert Herrick
  13. To an Athlete Dying Young by A. E. Housman

    we cheer our heroes in life and in death

  14. With Rue My Heart Is Laden by A. E. Housman
  15. Is My Team Ploughing? by A. E. Housman
  16. Death by James Leigh Hunt
  17. Oh, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal Be Proud? by William Knox
  18. Death Stands Above Me by Walter Savage Landor
  19. The Reaper and the Flowers by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. Post Mortem by Arthur Munby
  21. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

    written during WW I after the first use of Chlorine gas

  22. Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
  23. A Night-Piece on Death by Thomas Parnell
  24. The Dying Christian To His Soul by Alexander Pope
  25. I Have a Rendezvous with Death . . . by Alan Seeger
  26. The Discoverer by Edmund Clarence Stedman
  27. Mors Benefica by Edmund Clarence Stedman
  28. Come not, when I am dead by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  29. All the Flowers by John Webster

    ...Who seek by trophies and dead things
    To leave a living name behind,
    And weave but nets to catch the wind.

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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