Poems about memories by famous poets

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William Shakespeare - Fear No More - Poetry Reading

Forgetfulness - Poem by Billy Collins

Since the beginning of time, humans have lived their sometimes grand and sometimes ordinary lives, and have thereafter been laid to rest in countless graves and tombs. Death is something that, in a peculiar way, unites people everywhere, regardless of their social status, race, religious beliefs, or country of residence. This curious aspect of human nature inspired countless famous poets to contemplate, and write about, man's mortality. Famous poets like Emily Dickinson , Ella Wheeler Wilcox , and Mary Elizabeth Frye all had their own unique ways of viewing death and its effect on the living, views that still impact readers today. Death is nothing at all. It does not count.

Memory, as a wise writer once put it, is the thing we forget with. But poetry, of course, is bound up with the idea of remembering, recollecting, reflecting, memorialising so here are ten of the very best poems about remembering, memories, remembrance, nostalgia, and related themes. William Shakespeare, Sonnet In this sonnet, written when Christina Rossetti was still a teenager, she requests that the addressee of the poem remember her after she has died. What gives the poem a twist is the concluding thought that it would be better for her loved one to forget her and be happy than to remember her if it makes her lover sad.

Poems In Memory of Loved Ones

The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain, to a little fishing village where there are no phones. Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag, and even now as you memorize the order of the planets, something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps, the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay. Whatever it is you are struggling to remember, it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen. It has floated away down a dark mythological river whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall, well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle. No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war. No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted out of a love poem that you used to know by heart. To know that one is forgetful fosters hope.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Tiuadromriodi says:

    This short poem is not one of Wordsworth's most famous, but it is relevant for any list of the best poems about memory: 'A pen to register;.

  2. Evie L. says:

    A Collection of Memory Poems and Poetry from the most Famous Poets and Authors.

  3. Eleonora R. says:

    55 In Memory Poems - Memorial Poetry To Remember Loved Ones

  4. Beatrice O. says:

    I do not think of you lying in the wet clay Of a Monaghan graveyard; I see You walking down a lane among the poplars On your way to the station, or happily Going to second Mass on a summer Sunday - You meet me and you say: 'Don't forget to see about the cattle - ' Among your earthiest words the angels stray.

  5. Definurmi says:

    Poems of memory often follow familiar patterns - memories of childhood, memories of friends and loved ones, memories of favorite places, and of course, memories of old love and lost love.

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