Poetry for Special Occasions


Anniversary

POEM IN OCTOBER Dylan Thomas
WHAT FIFTY SAID Robert Frost
LINES WRITTEN IN DEJECTION W.B.Yeats
MANY HAPPY RETURNS W.H.Auden
REMARKS OF SOUL TO BODY Robert Penn Warren
A BIRTHDAY Christina Rossetti

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Bereavement, Death and Mourning

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NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY Robert Frost
JOURNAL OF AN ORDINARY GRIEF Mahmoud Darwish
IRISH BLESSING: MAY THE ROADS RISE UP TO MEET YOU Anon
I CARRY YOUR HEART e e cummings
THE TIDE RISES, THE TIDE FALLS Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
WHEN TO THE SESSIONS OF SWEET SILENT THOUGHT William Shakespeare
PEACE, MY HEART Rabindranath Tagore
OUR REVELS NOW ARE ENDED William Shakespeare
IF I SHOULD DIE Thomas Gray
I MUST GO DOWN TO THE SEAS AGAIN John Masefield
NIGHT FUNERAL IN HARLEM Langston Hughes
FAREWELL Anne Bronte
EVEN SUCH IS TIME Sir Walter Raleigh
EPITAPH ON A CHILD Thomas Gray
DEATH BE NOT PROUD John Donne
AT THAT HOUR  James Joyce
POEMS OF COMFORT: SHIVA JEWISH MOURNING http://www.shiva.com/learning-center/resources/poems-of-comfort/
THE BEST ELEGIES, DIRGES, LAMENTS AND POEMS OF MOURNING Compiles by Michael R Burch. The Hypertexts
WE ARE WHAT WE MOURN: THE CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH-CANADIAN ELEGY Priscila Uppal
ELEGY (THE NEW CRITICAL IDIOM) David Kennedy
THE BEST OF JOHN DONNE: FEATURING “A VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNING”
POEMS AND READINGS FOR FUNERALS ed. Julia Watson
POEMS OF MOURNING. EVERYMANS LIBRARY ed. Peter Washington
THE NATION’S FAVOURITE POEMS OF REMEMBRANCE (BBC) ed. Mark Franks
POEMS AND READINGS FOR FUNERALS AND MEMORIALS compiled by Luisa Moncada
DO NOT GO GENTLE: POEMS FOR FUNERALS  ed. Neil Astley
NON-RELIGIOUS FUNERAL READINGS: PHILOSOPHY AND POETRY FOR SECULAR SERVICES Hugh Morrison
CYMBELINE. FIDELE’S DIRGE. FEAR NO MORE THE HEAT O’THE SUN William Shakespeare
DEATH PSALM : O LORD OF MYSTERIES  Denise Levertov
AN ELEGY FOR THE POET MORGAN BLUM James Wright
R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) Derek Walcott
I MEASURE EVERY GRIEF I MEET Emily Dickinson
BY WAYS REMOTE AND DEAD AND DISTANT WATERS SPED Gaius Valerius Catullus
THE WINTER AFTER YOUR DEATH Sharon Olds
AT MY FATHER’S GRAVE Hugh MacDiarmid
SILEX SCINTILLANS.THEY ARE ALL GONE INTO THE WORLD OF LIGHT Henry Vaughan
SONNET. WHEN I HAVE FEARS THAT I MAY CEASE TO BE John Keats
LEGEND WITH SEA BREEZE Tess Gallagher
FUNERAL BLUES W.H.Auden
SONG FOR THE LAST ACT Louise Bogan
ON THE DEATH OF A CHILD D.J.Enright
THERE’S A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT Emily Dickinson
REQUISCAT Matthew Arnold
A YEAR GONE Elaine Feinstein
A FUNERALL SONG LAMENTING SIR PHILIP SYDNEY Anon
OF HUMAN LIFE Henry King
STILLBORN Jane Duran
PARTING Emily Dickinson
POSTSCRIPT Andrew Motion
ON MY FIRST SON Ben Johnson
EARLY POMPEIAN. AS FOR YOU, LITTLE STAR Derek Walcott
ODE TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD Allen Tate
ELEGY FOR JANE (MY STUDENT) Theodore Roethke
MY SOUL, THERE IS A COUNTRIE Henry Vaughan
PRACTISING BEING DEAD Carol Ann Duffy
TRACT William Carlos Williams
DIRGE WITHOUT MUSIC Edna St Vincent Millay
COME LOVELY AND SOOTHING DEATH Walt Whitman
NIGHT OVER BIRKENAU Tadeucz Borowski
THE LOST BABY POEM Lucille Clifton
THE GATES OF PARADISE. I RENT THE VEIL WHERE THE DEAD DWELL: William Blake
THE BOUNTY Derek Walcott (several poems)
THE THIRD BOOK OF LUCRETIUS. AGAINST THE FEAR OF DEATH. John Dryden
IN MEMORIAM Alfred Lord Tennyson
GRASS Carl Sandburg
MEMORIAL Norman MacCaig
THE AFTERLIFE  Billy Collins
TO HIS DYING BROTHER Robert Herrick
THE DEAD  Billy Collins
A REFUSAL TO MOURN THE DEATH, BY FIRE, OF A CHILD IN LONDON Dylan Thomas
ORDER FOR THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD Psalm 90
OEDIPUS AT COLONUS . ENDURE WHAT LIFE GOD GIVES  trans.W.B.Yeats
AT THE CEMETERY,WALNUT GROVE PLANTATION, SOUTH CAROLINA Lucille Clifton
(BUFFALO BILL’S) E.E.Cummings
GREATER LOVE Wilfred Owen
THE FAREWELL. HE TURN’D HIM RIGHT AND ROUND ABOUT Robert Burns
SONNET. AT THE ROUND EARTH’S IMAGINED CORNERS John Donne
MY PRIME OF YOUTH IS BUT A FROST OF CARES Chidiock Tichborne
AS I WALKED OUT ONE EVENING W.H.Auden
REMEMBRANCE Emily Bronte
RETRIEVER  Donald Hall
THE SILVER SWAN Orlando Gibbons
AND DEATH SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION Dylan Thomas
LYCIDAS John Milton
SONNET ON CATHERINE WORDSWORTH William Wordsworth
SONNET LXV. SINCE BRASS,NOR STONE,NOR EARTH, NOR BOUNDLESS SEA William Shakespeare
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Birth
MORNING SONG Sylvia Plath
THE SPIRIT IS TOO BLUNT AN INSTRUMENT Ann Stevenson
MUNDUS ET INFANS W.H.Auden
BIRTH Craig Raine
BIRTH Langston Hughes
THE ANGEL THAT PRESIDED OVER MY BIRTH William Blake
TO MAYSTRES ISABEL PENNELL John Skelton
INFANT JOY William Blake
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Illness

FIBROMYALGIA Sharon Brogan
THERE IS A PAIN – SO UTTER Emily Dickinson
MY FIRST DAY ILL SINCE MANY ILL  Emily Dickinson
HOSPITAL  Elizabeth Jennings
HAVING IT OUT WITH MELANCHOLY  Jane Kenyon
FOR A FRIEND ON THE ARRIVAL OF ILLNESS  John O’Donohue
BEING VISITED BY A FRIEND DURING ILLNESS  Po Chu-i
NEURASTHENIA  A. Mary F. Robinson
CHANGING THE SUBJECT  Carole Satyamurti
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Marriage
CARRY HER OVER THE WATER W.H.Auden
LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS William Shakespeare
THE ACHE OF MARRIAGE Denise Levertov
THESE RINGS WHICH WE EXCHANGE Gael Turnbull
FOR A WEDDING Michael Longley
A SUBALTERN’S LOVE SONG John Betjeman
MY LOVE IS AS A FEVER, LONGING STILL William Shakespeare
LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS….
DONAL OG. ANON (Irish. trans Lady Gregory)
DAYBREAK John Donne
LOVE Langston Hughes
MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU Irish Blessing
TO HIS COY MISTRESS Andrew Marvell
MAY I FEEL E.E.Cummings
NUPTIALS John Agard
MY LOVER GAVE ME GREEN LEAVES Josephine Dickinson
FIRST LOVE Percy Bysshe Shelley
UPON JULIA’S CLOTHES Robert Herrick
FROM THE SONG DYNASTY Nick Drake
A MODEST LOVE Sir Edward Dyer
SHE WAS A PHANTOM OF DELIGHT William Wordsworth
I CARRY YOUR HEART E.E.Cummings
AN EPITAPH UPON A HUSBAND AND WIFE Richard Crashaw
LA FIGLIA CHE PIANGE T.S.Eliot
TO MARY Percy Bysshe Shelley
LOVE LISTEN Ann Gray
TO HIS MISTRESS GOING TO BED John Donne
THE GOOD MORROW John Donne
ER GWELL, ER GWAETH A’R FODRWY HON Y’TH BRIODAF (FOR BETTER FOR WORSE) Gillian Clarke
THE MOWER TO THE GLO-WORMS Andrew Marvell
SONG. HOW SWEET I ROAM’D FROM FIELD TO FIELD William Blake
A LANG PROMISE Jackie Kay
SONG XI. LAY YOUR SLEEPING HEAD MY LOVE. W.H.Auden
THE BARGAIN Sir Philip Sidney
RINGS Carol Anne Duffy
BRIGHT STAR! WOULD I WERE STEADFAST AS THOU ART  John Keats
A VOW Wendy Cope
THE GARDEN OF LOVE William Blake
GHAZAL: I THEE WED Mimi Khalvati
HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS Emily Dickinson
I DON’T LOVE YOU AS IF YOU WERE..Pablo Neruda
LOVE’S PHILOSOPHY Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Falling In Love

A SUBALTERN’S LOVE SONG John Betjeman
MY LOVE IS AS A FEVER, LONGING STILL William Shakespeare
LET ME NOT TO THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS….
DONAL OG. ANON (Irish. trans Lady Gregory)
DAYBREAK John Donne
LOVE Langston Hughes
TO HIS COY MISTRESS Andrew Marvell
MAY I FEEL E.E.Cummings
MY LOVER GAVE ME GREEN LEAVES Josephine Dickinson
FIRST LOVE Percy Bysshe Shelley
UPON JULIA’S CLOTHES Robert Herrick
A MODEST LOVE Sir Edward Dyer
SHE WAS A PHANTOM OF DELIGHT William Wordsworth
I CARRY YOUR HEART E.E.Cummings
LA FIGLIA CHE PIANGE T.S.Eliot
TO MARY Percy Bysshe Shelley
LOVE LISTEN Ann Gray
TO HIS MISTRESS GOING TO BED John Donne
THE GOOD MORROW John Donne
THE MOWER TO THE GLO-WORMS Andrew Marvell
SONG. HOW SWEET I ROAM’D FROM FIELD TO FIELD William Blake
SONG XI. LAY YOUR SLEEPING HEAD MY LOVE. W.H.Auden
BRIGHT STAR! WOULD I WERE STEADFAST AS THOU ART  John Keats
THE GARDEN OF LOVE William Blake
HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS Emily Dickinson
I DON’T LOVE YOU AS IF YOU WERE..Pablo Neruda
LOVE’S PHILOSOPHY Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Gratitude

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Joy

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Fellow Feeling

PEOPLE POWER AT THE DIE-IN Denise Levertov

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Anthologies
Benson and Falk. ed. THE LONG PALE CORRIDOR. CONTEMPORARY POEMS OF BEREAVEMENT (Bloodaxe)
Betjeman and Taylor, ed. ENGLISH LOVE POEMS (Faber)
Denny, John Andrew, ed. THROUGH CORRIDORS OF LIGHT: Poems of Consolation in Times of Illness (Lion)
Frostrup, Mariella. ed. THE NATION’S FAVOURITE POEMS OF DESIRE (BBC)
Graziani, Rene, ed. THE NAKED ASTRONAUT. POEMS ON BIRTH AND BIRTHDAYS (Faber)
O’Brien, Geoffrey. BARTLETT’S POEMS FOR OCCASIONS (Little, Brown and Co)
Pool, ed. POEMS OF DEATH (Muller)
Strongin, ed. THE SORROW PSALMS. A BOOK OF 20TH CENTURY ELEGY (Iowa)