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Do Not Go Gentle: poems for funerals

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Do Not Go Gentle: poems for funerals

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168 pages
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Mar 27, 2014
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9781780370293
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This wide-ranging selection combines popular choices of traditional poems read at funerals with powerful poems by contemporary writers more tuned to our present age of doubt and disbelief. There are poems here for churchgoers and believers, including classic verses of grief and consolation by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson, the anonymous Do not stand at my grave and weep, and the poems read at Princess Diana's funeral. But there are also poems for people of all faiths and religions, for agnosti and atheists, and most importantly for those who aren't sure what they believe, whose grief over loss is the more intense for not knowing what happens to the soul after death. Grief isn't denied but experienced and made more bearable by being put into memorable words. Searing poems of lament are followed by moving elegies celebrating the lives of those we will always love. Whether and how the spirit survives is then explored in an extraordinary gathering of poems by writers as different and diverse as the Persian mystic Rumi, Zen Buddhist composers of Japanese haiku, and American poets Mary Oliver and Jane Kenyon. Buttressed against their assertions of faith in an afterlife are modern scepti, from Auden and Larkin to William Carlos Williams and C.K. Williams, whose wrestling with the meaning of death helps us make sense of no sense, mirroring our own anxieties and difficulties. But however various and contradictory these poems, their message chimes with Larkin's famous words, proving 'Our almost-instinct almost true:/ What will survive of us is love.' Unlike other poetry anthologies of loss, mourning and remembrance, Do Not Go Gentle offers a selection of poems specifically for reading at funerals and memorial services. It can also be used for reading aloud to friends and family, or for reading while numbed and bewildered -all times when the right poem can help us share and bear the burden of immediate grief.
Sortie:
Mar 27, 2014
ISBN:
9781780370293
Format:
Livre

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DO NOT GO GENTLE

poems for funerals

This wide-ranging selection combines popular choices of traditional poems read at funerals with powerful poems by contemporary writers more tuned to our present age of doubt and disbelief.

There are poems here for churchgoers and believers, including classic verses of grief and consolation by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë and Emily Dickinson, the anonymous Do not stand at my grave and weep, and the poems read at Princess Diana’s funeral. But there are also poems for people of all faiths and religions, for agnostics and atheists, and most importantly for those who aren’t sure what they believe, whose grief over loss is the more intense for not knowing what happens to the soul after death.

Grief isn’t denied but experienced and made more bearable by being put into memorable words. Searing poems of lament are followed by moving elegies celebrating the lives of those we will always love. Whether and how the spirit survives is then explored in an extraordinary gathering of poems by writers as different and diverse as the Persian mystic Rumi, Zen Buddhist composers of Japanese haiku, and American poets Mary Oliver and Jane Kenyon.

Buttressed against their assertions of faith in an afterlife are modern sceptics, from Auden and Larkin to William Carlos Williams and C.K. Williams, whose wrestling with the meaning of death helps us make sense of no sense, mirroring our own anxieties and difficulties. But however various and contradictory these poems, their message chimes with Larkin’s famous words, proving ‘Our almost-instinct almost true:/ What will survive of us is love.’

Unlike other poetry anthologies of loss, mourning and remembrance, Do Not Go Gentle offers a selection of poems specifically for reading at funerals and memorial services. It can also be used for reading aloud to friends and family, or for reading while numbed and bewildered – all times when the right poem can help us share and bear the burden of immediate grief.

Cover photograph by Simon Fraser

DO NOT GO GENTLE

poems for funerals

edited by

NEIL ASTLEY

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up.

A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.

A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away.

A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all the breath; so that man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

KING JAMES BIBLE: ECCLESIASTES

What is born will die,

What has been gathered will be dispersed,

What has been accumulated will be exhausted,

What has been built up will collapse

And what has been high will be brought low.

TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST SCRIPTURE

CONTENTS

Title Page

Epigraph

1

Stop All the Clocks 

POEMS OF GRIEF

W.H. Auden  Funeral Blues

C.K. Williams  Wept

Norman MacCaig  Memorial

R.S. Thomas  Comparisons

 Christina Rossetti Remember

Linda Pastan  The Five Stages of Grief

Rudyard Kipling  The Widower

Janet Frame  The Suicides

George Herbert  Life

Robert Herrick  Epitaph Upon A Child That Died

Edwin Muir  The Child Dying

Ben Jonson  On My First Sonne

Hugh O’Donnell  Light

D.J. Enright  On the Death of a Child

Anonymous  The Unquiet Grave

Emily Brontë Remembrance

James Russell Lowell  After the Burial

Adrian Mitchell  Especially When It Snows

2

Lives Enriched 

POEMS OF CELEBRATION

Edgar A. Guest  Because He Lived

Robert Burns Epitaph on a Friend

Brendan Kennelly  The Good

Stephen Dobyns  When a Friend

William Shakespeare  Cleopatra’s Lament for Antony

William Shakespeare  Dirge for Fidele

David Constantine  ‘We say the dead depart’

Anonymous  ‘Not, how did he die, but how did he live?’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

FROM

In Memoriam A.H.H.

Langston Hughes  As Befits a Man

Joyce Grenfell

FROM

Joyce: By Herself and Her Friends

William Carlos Williams  Tract

Raymond Carver  Gravy

Bashō  Haiku

3

I Am Not There 

BODY & SPIRIT

Anonymous  ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’

Christina Rossetti  Song

Mary Lee Hall  Turn Again to Life

Henry van Dyke  For Katrina’s Sun Dial

Bhartrhari  ‘Thinking I enjoyed the pleasures of life’

D.H. Lawrence  Demiurge

Gail Holst-Warhaft  In the End Is the Body

Pablo Neruda  Sonnet LXXXIX

Issa  Haiku

Abu al-Ala al-Ma‘arri  The Soul Driven from the Body

Devara Dasimayya  ‘I’m the one who has the body’

Ruth Pitter  The Paradox

Rumi  ‘Everything you see’

4

The Dying of the Light 

PAIN & RESOLUTION

Dylan Thomas  Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

W.E. Henley Invictus

David Wright  Et in Arcadia

Czeslaw Milosz  On Parting with My Wife, Janina

Pamela Gillilan

FROM

When You Died

Philip Larkin  Aubade

C.K. Williams

FROM

Le Petit Salvié

Anne Stevenson  The Minister

Virginia Hamilton Adair  A Last Marriage

5

The Other Side 

COMFORT & HAUNTING

Jane Kenyon  Notes from the Other Side

Thom Gunn  The Reassurance

Patricia Pogson  Breath

C.K. Williams  Oh

Ken Smith  Years go by

Brendan Kennelly  I See You Dancing, Father

Patrick Kavanagh  In Memory of My Mother

Billy Collins  The Dead

Vladimír Holan  Resurrection

Charles Causley  Eden Rock

Jeanne Willis  Inside Our Dreams

Meera  Song

Shiki  Haiku

6

Nothing Dies

RELEASE & LETTING GO

Emily Dickinson  After Great Pain

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