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Famous Poems About Death

  1. Ozymandias
    by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “I met a traveler from an antique land
    Who said: 'Two vast and trunkless legs of stone”
  2. Annabel Lee
    by Edgar Allan Poe
    “It was many and many a year ago,
    In a kingdom by the sea,”
  3. Nothing Gold Can Stay
    by Robert Frost
    “Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.”
  4. O Captain! My Captain!
    by Walt Whitman
    “O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,”
  5. Because I could not stop for Death
    by Emily Dickinson
    “Because I could not stop for Death,
    He kindly stopped for me;”
  6. In Flanders Fields
    by John McCrae
    “In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,”
  7. The Charge of the Light Brigade
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,”
  8. Fire and Ice
    by Robert Frost
    “Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.”
  9. The Lady of Shalott
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “On either side the river lie
    Long fields of barley and of rye,”
  10. I heard a Fly buzz when I died
    by Emily Dickinson
    “I heard a Fly buzz when I died;
    The stillness round my form”
  11. The Cremation of Sam McGee
    by Robert Service
    “There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;”
  12. Crossing the Bar
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!”
  13. When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
    by John Keats
    “When I have fears that I may cease to be
    Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,”
  14. Holy Sonnet 10: Death, be not proud
    by John Donne
    “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;”
  15. Ulysses
    by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    “It little profits that an idle king,
    By this still hearth, among these barren crags,”
  16. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
    by Thomas Gray
    “The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
    The lowing herd winds slowly o’er the lea,”
  17. The Soldier
    by Rupert Brooke
    “If I should die, think only this of me:
    That there’s some corner of a foreign field”
  18. I Have a Rendezvous with Death
    by Alan Seeger
    “I have a rendezvous with Death
    At some disputed barricade”
  19. Horatius at the Bridge
    by Thomas Babington Macaulay
    “Lars Porsena of Clusium,
    By the Nine Gods he swore”
  20. Concord Hymn
    by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
    Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,”
  21. Remember
    by Christina Rossetti
    “Remember me when I am gone away,
    Gone far away into the silent land;”
  22. Casabianca
    by Felicia Hemans
    “The boy stood on the burning deck,
    Whence all but him had fled;”
  23. The Cross of Snow
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
    A gentle face — the face of one long dead —”
  24. The Reaper and the Flowers
    by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
    And, with his sickle keen,”

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