Book Review: Poems of Mourning

Title: Poems of Mourning
Edited by: Peter Washington
Published: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 4/5

A compilation of poems about death and mourning.

I very much enjoyed reading this little book. I haven't read a lot of poems about mourning, so all of the poems in this were completely new to me.

I felt like this collection was well crafted. It has poems depicting all kinds of mourning; from the black hole of nothingness to a more melancholy take on the situation. I thought it was very well done.

As with these kinds of book, there are always going to be parts you don't really care for. However, one of my favourite poems is "With Rue My Heart is Laden" by A. E. Housman:

With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had
For many a rose-lipt maiden
And many a lightfoot lad

By brooks too broad for leaping
The lightfoot boys are laid
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade

Loss and grief is a universal feeling, and I felt like this book offered poems about all aspects of it.

I would very much recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry.

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