Poems of Mourning
Peter Washington

Synopsis

Saluting, lamenting and honoring the dead are the poet's primal tasks in all ages. Whether it be Ben Jonson pining for his son, Keats and Rilke envisaging their own demise, Wilfred Owen commemorating comrades in war, or Homer's Odysseus grieving over his dog - all give expression to the universal need for mourning.

  • Table of Poems:
  • Partridge by Agathias Scholasticus
  • Needles Have Stitched A Death Shroud by Abu Al-'ala Ahmad Ibn 'abd Allah Al-ma'arri
  • The Soul Driven From The Body by Abu Al-'ala Ahmad Ibn 'abd Allah Al-ma'arri
  • Black Spring by Innokenti Fyodorovich Annensky
  • The Sufi Who Thought He Had Left The World by Farid-uddin Attar
  • An Island Cemetery by Wystan Hugh Auden
  • The Snow, Less Instranigent Than Their Marble by Wystan Hugh Auden
  • Twelve Songs: 9. Funeral Blues by Wystan Hugh Auden
  • Of My Dear Son [gervase Beaumont] by John Beaumont
  • Anaphora by Elizabeth Bishop
  • Cootchie by Elizabeth Bishop
  • One Art by Elizabeth Bishop
  • To A Friend: In Memoriam by Joseph Brodsky
  • Maria Wentworth by Thomas Carew
  • Carmen: 3 by Gaius (caius) Valerius Catullus
  • An Epitaph On M.h. by Charles Cotton
  • Epitaph On A Hare by William Cowper
  • At Melville's Tomb by Harold Hart Crane
  • The Ghost (1) by Walter John De La Mare
  • Poor Tom by Charles Dibdin
  • All But Death, Can Be Adjusted by Emily Dickinson
  • Because That You Are Going by Emily Dickinson
  • The Chariot by Emily Dickinson
  • Dying by Emily Dickinson
  • That It Will Never Come Again by Emily Dickinson
  • 'twas My One Glory by Emily Dickinson
  • Simplify Me When I'm Dead by Keith Castellaine Douglas
  • To The Memory Of Mr. Oldham by John Dryden
  • I Travelled Among Unknown Men by William Dunbar
  • Lament For The Makaris [when He Was Seik] by William Dunbar
  • Epitaph On The Monument Of Sir William Dyer by Catherine Dyer
  • The Flowers Of The Forest by Jean (1727-1805) Elliot
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Gavin Ewart
  • Writing The Poems Of Loss by Gavin Ewart
  • Song by Thomas Flatman
  • Fletcher's Lament For His Friend by John Fletcher
  • In A Disused Graveyard by Robert Frost
  • Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray
  • Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat, Drowned In A Tub Of Gold Fishes by Thomas Gray
  • The Silent One by Ivor Gurney
  • The Songs I Had by Ivor Gurney
  • To His Love by Ivor Gurney
  • The Choirmaster's Burial by Thomas Hardy
  • During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy
  • The Glimpse by Thomas Hardy
  • The Old Gown by Thomas Hardy
  • Rain On A Grave by Thomas Hardy
  • Satires Of Circumstance: 14. Over The Coffin by Thomas Hardy
  • Satires Of Circumstance: 3. By Her Aunt's Grave by Thomas Hardy
  • To Lizbie Browne by Thomas Hardy
  • The Voice by Thomas Hardy
  • Aqua Mortis by Tony Harrison
  • Flood by Tony Harrison
  • Long Distance by Tony Harrison
  • A Young Dead Woman by Jose-maria De Heredia
  • Epitaph Upon A Child That Died by Robert Herrick
  • To His Dying Brother, Master William Herrick by Robert Herrick
  • On The Death Of A Monkey by Thomas Heyrick
  • The Odyssey: Book 17 by Homer
  • Felix Randal by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Spring And Fall: To A Young Child by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • A Shropshire Lad: 32 by Alfred Edward Housman
  • A Shropshire Lad: 40 by Alfred Edward Housman
  • A Shropshire Lad: 54 by Alfred Edward Housman
  • Epitaph On Claude Phillips, A Musician by Samuel (1709-1784) Johnson
  • On My First Son by Ben Jonson
  • Sonnet by John Keats
  • The Widower by Rudyard Kipling
  • An Arundel Tomb by Philip Larkin
  • Epitaph by Primo Levi
  • The Survivor by Primo Levi
  • Troas: Act Ii. Latter End Of The Chorus by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Praise Of A Collie by Norman Maccaig
  • Selva Oscura by Frederick Louis Macneice
  • At Gautier's Grave by Stephane Mallarme
  • To Praise A Dead Woman by Osip Emilyevich Mandelstam
  • Lament For Lu Yin by Meng Chiao
  • Dear To Me Is Sleep by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • To Luigi Del Riccio After The Death Of Cecchino Bracci by Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • On Parting With My Wife, Janina by Czeslaw Milosz
  • With Her by Czeslaw Milosz
  • Lycidas by John Milton
  • Sonnet: 23. On His Deceased Wife by John Milton
  • The Child Dying by Edwin Muir
  • Summer's Last Will And Testament: A Litany In Time Of Plague by Thomas Nashe
  • The Meditation by John Norris
  • A Quiet Soul by John Oldham
  • Anthem For Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen
  • Futility by Wilfred Owen
  • Elegies 2, 28 by Sextus Propertius
  • Tristia: To His Wife At Rome, When He Was Sick by Publius Ovidius Naso
  • David's Epitaph On Jonathan by Francis Quarles
  • Odes Ii, 14. His Age, Dedicated To His Peculiar Friend, John Wickes by Quintus Horatius Flaccus
  • Odes Iii, 30: Exigi Monumentum by Quintus Horatius Flaccus
  • The Poet's Death by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • R.m.r. by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Requiem by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Roman Sarcophagi by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • What Survives by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • For A Dead Lady by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Uncle Ananias by Edwin Arlington Robinson
  • Field Day by William Robert Rodgers
  • Elegy by Theodore Roethke
  • She by Theodore Roethke
  • After Death by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • One Of The Dead by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti
  • Died Of Wounds by Siegfried Sassoon
  • Memorial Tablet (great War, 1918) by Siegfried Sassoon
  • To His Dead Body by Siegfried Sassoon
  • The Tombstone-maker by Siegfried Sassoon
  • The Dirge [for Fidele], Fr. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  • To - (1) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Epitaph On The Duke Of Grafton by Fleetwood Shepherd
  • Farewell Without A Guitar by Wallace Stevens
  • At A Dog's Grave by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • Selection by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  • Weeping For The Zen Master Po-yen by Tao-chi
  • In Memoriam A.h.h.: 11 by Alfred Tennyson
  • In Memoriam A.h.h.: 67 by Alfred Tennyson
  • In Memoriam A.h.h.: 7 by Alfred Tennyson
  • In Memoriam: 2 by Alfred Tennyson
  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
  • A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London by Dylan Thomas
  • Elegy For Himself by Chidiock Tichborne
  • Last Love by Feodor (fyodor) Ivanovich Tyutchev
  • Epitaph On A Dormouse, Really Written By A Little Boy by Anonymous
  • Epitaph On A Tomb Near Rome by Anonymous
  • An Exchange Of Feelings by Paul Verlaine
  • Ballade Of The Ladies Of Time Past by Francois Villon
  • A Ballade To End With by Francois Villon
  • A Dirge, Fr. The White Devil by John Webster
  • President Lincoln's Burial Hymn by Walt Whitman
  • The Pardon by Richard Wilbur
  • Then by Richard Wilbur
  • An Epitaph For A Godly Man's Tomb by Robert Wilde
  • Lucy (2) by William Wordsworth
  • Lucy (3) by William Wordsworth
  • In Memory Of Eva Gore-booth And Con Markiewicz by William Butler Yeats
  • A Dead Mole by Andrew (1885-1971) Young


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