Great Poetry Day falls on April 28 every year and it is celebrated worldwide. This is dedicated to the great poets and their great creation. Taking part of this annual celebration entails reading and listening to poetry and possibly writing your own. Just like the students in the movie Dead Poet’s Society, they gathered and spent time reading poems written by great poets and wrote their own poems and shared it to the group.
Poetry can induce emotional and controversial responses from individuals who are reading or listening to it. This is why poems are often linked to extreme emotions such as love and death. Both conveys strong emotions that a heart could not contain. When we are in love, we want to shout it on top of the rooftops and let everybody know. When a loved one dies, we either want to scream or isolate ourselves because of so much pain. This is why funerals are done so that people can properly mourn the loss of their loved ones. Reading funeral poems or singing funeral songs might not be enough to ease the pain but it helps your heart open up.
Sometimes sharing how you feel through normal words might be a difficult choice. Someone who experiences intense emotions might not express it by talking to another person but by listening to music or maybe expressing it through writing. The same goes for those individuals who have lost their loved ones through death. There are different poems about death that were written by great poets such as Mary Elizabeth Frye, Emily Dickinson, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Below are some of the great poems that might express how you feel.
- Death Is Nothing At All By Henry Scott-Holland
- A Happy Man By Edwin Arlington Robinson
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night By Dylan Thomas
- Because I Could Not Stop For Death By Emily Dickinson
- Captain! My Captain! By Walt Whitman
- The Cross of Snow By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- After Great Pain By Emily Dickinson
- But You Didn’t By Merrill Glass
- Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye
These poems would either encapsulate how you feel about losing a loved one or give you another perspective about death. Either way, reading it makes you feel that you are not alone. Reading it, on the other hand, might be a way for you to share or release how you feel.