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A Death Song by William Morris

King Arthur's Tomb by William Morris

All That I Owe The Fellows Of The Grave by Dylan Thomas

A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London by Dylan Thomas

Deaths And Entrances by Dylan Thomas

A Charge by Frederic Herbert Trench

A Nocturnal Reverie by Anne Finch

An Epitaph by Walter de la Mare

Armies in the Fire by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bereavement by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Border Ballad by Sir Walter Scott 

Darkness by Lord Byron

Death by William Butler Yeats

Memorial Verses by Matthew Arnold

Battle Hymn of the Republic poem Julia Ward Howe

The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I Have A Rendezvous With Death by Alan Seeger

Death of the Bird by Alec Derwent Hope

Don't fear death by Aleksandr Blok

The Death of Grandfather by Aleksandr Blok

Epigram To Death Of the Verse-Monger by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

To an Athlete Dying Young by Alfred Edward Housman

A Baby's Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A Dead Friend by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Birth And Death by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Death And Birth by Algernon Charles Swinburne

On the Death of Robert Browning by Algernon Charles Swinburne

On the Deaths of Thomas Carlyle and George Eliot by Algernon Charles Swinburne

The Death Of Richard Wagner by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Father Death Blues (Don't Grow Old, Part V) by Allen Ginsberg

Run to Death by Amy Levy

How Gilbert Died by Andrew Barton Paterson

The Geebung Polo Club by Andrew Barton Paterson

A Poem Upon The Death Of OC by Andrew Marvell

The Nymph Complaining For The Death Of Her Faun by Andrew Marvell

Tom May's Death by Andrew Marvell

A Thought on Death: November, 1814 by Anna Letitia Barbauld

On the Death of the Princess Charlotte by Anna Letitia Barbauld

On Death by Anne Killigrew

On Death. by Anne Killigrew

On the Death of the Honourable Mr. James Thynne by Anne Kingsmill Finch

To Death by Anne Kingsmill Finch

The Death King by Anne Sexton

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me by Anonymous

DEATH OF A POET by Barry Tebb

If Death be Good by Bliss Carman

Every Death Is Magic from the Enemy to Be Avenged by Brooks Haxton

Death Snips Proud Men by Carl Sandburg

Souls in Death and Darkness Lying by Cecil Frances Alexander

Death Wants More Death by Charles Bukowski

Love & Fame & Death by Charles Bukowski

Such, Such Is Death by Charles Sorley

The Army of Death by Charles Sorley

The Death Of Santa Claus by Charles Webb

On The Death Of Anne Bronte by Charlotte Bronte

The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10: Sudden Death by Conrad Aiken

The House Of Dust: Part 04: 02: Death: And A Derisive Chorus by Conrad Aiken

XLI Through Death To Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Ship of Death by David Herbert Lawrence

The First Death. (extracts) by Dimitris Lyacos

And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas

Deaths And Entrances by Dylan Thomas

dying is fine)but Death by E. E. Cummings

if I should sleep with a lady called death by E. E. Cummings

Elegy Before Death by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Two Sonnets In Memory by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Death and the Maiden by Elinor Wylie

A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

First Death In Nova Scotia by Elizabeth Bishop

Candle In The Wind Tribute To Princess Diana by Elton John

A Death - Scene by Emily Bronte

Death by Emily Bronte

A Dying Tiger -- moaned for Drink -- by Emily Dickinson

Absence disembodies -- so does Death by Emily Dickinson

All but Death, can be Adjusted -- by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

Bereavement in their death to feel by Emily Dickinson

Death is a Dialogue between by Emily Dickinson

Death is like the insect by Emily Dickinson

Death is potential to that Man by Emily Dickinson

Death is the supple Suitor by Emily Dickinson

Death sets a Thing significant by Emily Dickinson

Death warrants are supposed to be by Emily Dickinson

Death's Waylaying not the sharpest by Emily Dickinson

Dying! To be afraid of thee by Emily Dickinson

For Death -- or rather by Emily Dickinson

He gave away his Life -- by Emily Dickinson

How fortunate the Grave -- by Emily Dickinson

I meant to find Her when I came -- by Emily Dickinson

If anybody's friend be dead by Emily Dickinson

Life, and Death, and Giants -- by Emily Dickinson

Love -- is that later Thing than Death -- by Emily Dickinson

Not all die early, dying young -- by Emily Dickinson

Of Death I try to think like this -- by Emily Dickinson

Promise This -- When You be Dying -- by Emily Dickinson

Robbed by Death -- but that was easy -- by Emily Dickinson

So give me back to Death -- by Emily Dickinson

Suspense -- is Hostiler than Death -- by Emily Dickinson

That this should feel the need of Death by Emily Dickinson

The first We knew of Him was Death -- by Emily Dickinson

The Frost of Death was on the Pane -- by Emily Dickinson

The Manner of its Death by Emily Dickinson

There's been a Death, in the Opposite House, by Emily Dickinson

Those -- dying then, by Emily Dickinson

Tis not that Dying hurts us so by Emily Dickinson

To die -- without the Dying by Emily Dickinson

To make One's Toilette -- after Death by Emily Dickinson

Twas comfort in her Dying Room by Emily Dickinson

Unit, like Death, for Whom? by Emily Dickinson

Wait till the Majesty of Death by Emily Dickinson

Wolfe demanded during dying by Emily Dickinson

If I Had My Life to Live Over by Erma Bombeck

The Death of Robin Hood by Eugene Field

An Elegy on the Death of Lady Elizabeth by Francis Beaumont

Elegy on the Death of The Lady Penelope Clifton by Francis Beaumont

Elegy On The Death Of A Young Man by Friedrich von Schiller

Nadowessian Death-Lament by Friedrich von Schiller

This too will pass by Grace Noll Crowell

Death by Helen Hunt Jackson

The Timber by Henry Vaughan

The Death Of Kwasind by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Death and Last Confession of Wandering Peter by Hilaire Belloc

Danse macabre by Ian Emberson

Death by James Henry Leigh Hunt

A Poem About George Doty In The Death House by James Wright

APPARENT DEATH. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

THE DEATH OF THE FLY by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dream Song 41: If we sang in the wood (and Death is a German expert) by John Berryman

Death In Leamington by John Betjeman

Love Lives Beyond The Tomb by John Clare

Death Be Not Proud by John Donne

An Ode, On The Death Of Mr. Henry Purcell by John Dryden

The Dying Of Pere Pierre by John McCrae

On The Death Of A Fair Infant Dying Of A Cough by John Milton

Amazing Grace by John Newton

Death XXVII by Khalil Gibran

A Rhyme of Death's Inn by Lizette Woodworth Reese

I wage not any feud with death by Lord Alfred Tennyson

In Memoriam 82: I Wage Not Any Feud With Death by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Death of the Old Year by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Passing Of Arthur by Lord Alfred Tennyson

An Elegy on the Death of Montgomery Tappen by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

Elegy on the Death of Lady Middleton by Mary Darby Robinson

Death and the Lady by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

Immortality by Matthew Arnold

Nothing But Death by Pablo Neruda

In Memory Of My Mother by Patrick Kavanagh

Death Fugue by Paul Celan

And like a Dying Lady, Lean and Pale by Percy Bysshe Shelley

On Death by Percy Bysshe Shelley

On The Death Of Dr. Benjamin Franklin by Philip Freneau

A Funeral Poem on the Death of C.E. by Phillis Wheatley

On the Death of a Young Gentleman by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of A Young Lady by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Years Of Age by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of Dr Samuel Marshall by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of Dr. Samuel Marshall by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of His Lady Marc 24, 1773 by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of J C An Infant by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of J. C. An Infant by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of Rev Mr George Whitefield by Phillis Wheatley

On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield by Phillis Wheatley

On the Death of the Rev. Dr. Sewell by Phillis Wheatley

To A Clergyman On The Death Of His Lady by Phillis Wheatley

To A Lady On The Death Of Her Husband by Phillis Wheatley

To A Lady On The Death Of The Three Relations by Phillis Wheatley

Death Of A Poet by R. S. Thomas

Lover's Gifts XLIII: Dying, You Have Left Behind by Rabindranath Tagore

Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

On Hearing Of A Death by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell

A Legacy of Blood by Raymond A. Foss

Choosing Death by Raymond A. Foss

Death to be Destroyed by Raymond A. Foss

Defeating Death by Raymond A. Foss

In Living or Dying by Raymond A. Foss

Joined in One Death by Raymond A. Foss

Not even death by Raymond A. Foss

Not in Death by Raymond A. Foss

Not Merely Studying by Raymond A. Foss

Put to Death with Christ by Raymond A. Foss

The Face of Death by Raymond A. Foss

The Light Dying by Raymond A. Foss

The Shadow of Death by Raymond A. Foss

Death Of The Kapowsin Tavern by Richard Hugo

Farmer, Dying by Richard Hugo

Elegy on the Death of Robert Ruisseaux by Robert Burns

Lines on the Author’s Death by Robert Burns

On the Death of John M’Leod, Esq. by Robert Burns

On the Death of Robert Dundas, Esq., of Arniston by Robert Burns

Sonnet on the Death of Robert Riddell by Robert Burns

The Death and Dying Words of Poor Mailie by Robert Burns

The Song of Death by Robert Burns

The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may by Robert Herrick

His Meditation Upon Death by Robert Herrick

MAN'S DYING-PLACE UNCERTAIN by Robert Herrick

TO DEATH by Robert Herrick

To His Dying Brother, Master, William Herrick by Robert Herrick

To the Lady Crewe, Upon the Death of her Child by Robert Herrick

Death, To The Dead For Evermore by Robert Louis Stevenson

Soon Our Friends Perish by Robert Louis Stevenson

My Cancer Cure by Robert Service

When Death to Either shall come by Robert Seymour Bridges

Courage (on death) by Robert William Service

Death In The Arctic by Robert William Service

Death's Way by Robert William Service

The Death Of Marie Toro by Robert William Service

The Undying by Robert William Service

Let Me Die a Youngman's Death by Roger McGough

A Death-Bed by Rudyard Kipling

The Dying Chauffeur by Rudyard Kipling

Oh! Death Will Find Me, Long Before I Tire by Rupert Brooke

On The Death Of Smet-Smet Part 1 by Rupert Brooke

On The Death Of Smet-Smet Part 2 by Rupert Brooke

Sonnet Oh! Death will find me by Rupert Brooke

Enemy of Death by Salvatore Quasimodo

On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Practiser In Physic by Samuel Johnson

If Death Is Kind by Sara Teasdale

Love And Death by Sara Teasdale

The Poet To Death by Sarojini Naidu

Death Of A Naturalist by Seamus Heaney

The Dying Words Of Stonewall Jackson by Sidney Lanier

The Death-Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

Her Death And After by Thomas Hardy

Thought Of Ph---a At News Of Her Death by Thomas Hardy

Death by Thomas Hood

The Death Bed by Thomas Hood

The Death-bed by Thomas Hood

Death In The Lounge Bar by Vernon Scannell

Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

As At Thy Portals Also Death by Walt Whitman

As At Thy Portals Also Death. by Walt Whitman

No Labor-Saving Machine by Walt Whitman

O Living Always--Always Dying by Walt Whitman

O Living Always—Always Dying. by Walt Whitman

Whispers Of Heavenly Death by Walt Whitman

Death Stands Above Me, Whispering Low by Walter Savage Landor

Dying Speech of an Old Philosopher by Walter Savage Landor

A Dream Of Death by William Butler Yeats

A Meditaton Upon Death by William Butler Yeats

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by William Butler Yeats

Death by William Butler Yeats

He Bids His Beloved Be At Peace by William Butler Yeats

He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead by William Butler Yeats

Upon A Dying Lady by William Butler Yeats

On the Death of a Minister by William Cowper

The Valley of the Shadow of Death by William Cowper

The Death of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant

A Death Song by William Morris

Sonnet 66: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry by William Shakespeare

Of Death & Resurrection by William Strode

On Sir Thomas Savill Dying Of The Small Pox by William Strode

On The Death Of A Twin by William Strode

On The Death Of Dr. Lancton President Of Maudlin College by William Strode

On The Death Of Mistress Mary Prideaux by William Strode

On The Death Of Mr. James Van Otton by William Strode

On The Death Of Mrs. Mary Neudham by William Strode

On The Death Of Sir Rowland Cotton Seconding That Of Sir Robert by William Strode

On The Death Of Sir Tho: Peltham by William Strode

On The Death Of Sir Thomas Lea by William Strode

On The Death Of The Right Honourable The Lord Viscount Bayning by William Strode

On The Yong Baronett Portman Dying Of An Impostume In's Head by William Strode

Death and Burial of Lord Tennyson by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of Captain Ward by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of Prince Leopold by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of the Old Mendicant by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of the Queen by William Topaz McGonagall

The Death of the Rev. Dr. Wilson by William Topaz McGonagall

The Tragic Death of the Rev. A.H. Mackonochie by William Topaz McGonagall

A City's Death By Fire by Derek Walcott

 

 

A Death Song by William Morris

Category : Death Poems

What cometh here from west to east awending?
And who are these, the marchers stern and slow?
We bear the message that the rich are sending
Aback to those who bade them wake and know.
Not one, not one, nor thousands must they slay,
But one and all if they would dusk the day.

We asked them for a life of toilsome earning,
They bade us bide their leisure for our bread;
We craved to speak to tell our woeful learning;
We come back speechless, bearing back our dead.
Not one, not one, nor thousands must they slay,
But one and all if they would dusk the day.

They will not learn; they have no ears to hearken.
They turn their faces from the eyes of fate;
Their gay-lit halls shut out the skies that darken.
But, lo! this dead man knocking at the gate.
Not one, not one, nor thousands must they slay,
But one and all if they would dusk the day.

Here lies the sign that we shall break our prison;
Amidst the storm he won a prisoner's rest;
But in the cloudy dawn the sun arisen
Brings us our day of work to win the best.
Not one, not one, nor thousands must they slay,
But one and all if they would dusk the day.

 

If Death Is Kind by Sara Teasdale

Perhaps if Death is kind, and there can be returning,
We will come back to earth some fragrant night,
And take these lanes to find the sea, and bending
Breathe the same honeysuckle, low and white.

We will come down at night to these resounding beaches
And the long gentle thunder of the sea,
Here for a single hour in the wide starlight
We shall be happy, for the dead are free.

 

 
   
 

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