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Subject Index - Bereavement and Loss
One of the most common - yet most important functions of poetry is to help us deal with emotions - to find a way to say the unsayable, or deal with the unspeakeable. To express the things that have such emotional weight that we ourselves are sometimes speachless.
Poets, like everyone else, have dealt with loss of loved ones, and tragedy at the singular and sadly at the communty level. As we go through our lives, we deal with the loss of the prior generations, then must learn to deal with the loss of friends and peers, siblings and spouses. To deal with the death of a child is a special sadness that carries even greater weight. Understand that in past centuries, that particular tragedy was all too common. There is an additional section in the Subject Index for Memorials - which focus on someone commonly known or special to the poet.
And then of course is the thought of what happens to ourselves? Many a poet has written a commentary on what it means to face the end of days.
Many of the works at Poets' Corner are from the timeframe of the First World War, or The Great War as it was known then. (Who knew the world would be foolish enough to have another?) Some of those are listed under War in a different section of the Subject Index.
Nelson (Howard) Miller and I have a common favorite: Bread and Music by Aiken.