A collection of famous poems from renowned poets that cover the topic of death. Death is a subject matter that is still difficult to comprehend today. None of us truly knows what follows it.
Death Quotes and Poems About Death
- "If we lose love and self respect for each other,this is how we finally die." - Maya Angelou
- "Get busy living or get busy dying." - Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King
- "When it most closely allies itself to Beauty: the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world — and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover." - "The Philosophy of Composition" - Edgar Allan Poe
- "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." - Julius Ceaser. Act 2. Scene 2. - Shakespeare
- "End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it." - The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
- "It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more" - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
- "Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can." - Life of Pi - Yann Martel
- "Home Burial" by Robert Frost
Frost's poem contains the lines: "You could sit there with the stains on your shoes Of the fresh earth from your own baby’s grave"
- "If I Should Die" by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's poem begins with the lines:
"If I should die
And you should live
And time should gurgle on"
- "Warning and Reply" by Emily Bronte
Bronte's poem beings with the line: "In the earth—the earth—thou shalt be laid, A grey stone standing over thee;"
- "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat" by Thomas Gray
Gray's poem contains the lines: "Her conscious tail her joy declared; The fair round face, the snowy beard, The velvet of her paws,"
- "First Death in Nova Scotia" by Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop's poem contains the lines: "Since Uncle Arthur fired a bullet into him, he hadn't said a word."
- "The Conqueror Worm" by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's poem contains the lines: "And much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot. "
- "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
Gray's poem contains the lines: "For thee, who mindful of th' unhonour'd Dead Dost in these lines their artless tale relate; If chance, by lonely contemplation led, Some kindred spirit shall inquire thy fate, "
- "Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud" by John Donne
Donne's death poem contains the lines: "And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell, And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well "
- "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
Whitman's famous poem contains the lines: " O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead."
- "O Death, Rock Me Asleep" by Anne Boleyn
Boleyn's death poem contains the lines: "Ring out my doleful knell; Let thy sound my death tell. Death doth draw nigh; There is no remedy."
- "The Death of the Hired Man" by Robert Frost
Frost's poem contains the lines:"When I came up from Rowe’s I found him here, Huddled against the barn-door fast asleep, A miserable sight, and frightening, too—"
- "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tennyson's poem contains the lines: "Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark;"
- "Sonnet 71" by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's poem begins:
"No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Then you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell:"
- "Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant
Bryant's poem contains the lines: "Of the great tomb of man! The golden sun, The planets, all the infinite host of heaven, Are shining on the sad abodes of death,"