It can be hard to find the right words to express your feelings at a funeral. Poetry can help you through the difficult time of funerals and grieving, and provide the words you need for a reading at a funeral or memorial service.

Featured book coverDo Not Go Gentle: Poems for Funerals

This volume of poetry provides a collection of funeral poems, appropriate for reading at a funeral or memorial service, including "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas. Edited by Neil Astley, Bloodaxe Books.

Featured book coverPoems of Mourning

Saluting, lamenting and honoring the dead are the poet's primal tasts in all ages. Mourning has many forms and moods, and this collection explores them all, from Tennyson's black grief to Whitman's radiant melancholy, from Hardy's despair to Rochester's humor, from Sassoon's anger to Christina Rossetti's tender resignation. An Everyman's Library Pocket Poets anthology.

Featured book coverMaya Angelou

Grace, dignity, and eloquence have long been hallmarks of Maya Angelou's poetry. Her measured verses have stirred our souls, energised our minds, and healed our hearts. Celebrations is a collection of timely and timeless poems: the inspiring 'On the Pulse of Morning', read at President William Jefferson Clinton's 1993 inauguration; the heartening 'Amazing Peace'; 'A Brave and Startling Truth', which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations; and 'Mother', which beautifully honours the first woman in our lives.

Featured book coverSelected Poems by W. H. Auden

This edition contains an introduction which is an examination of the nature of Auden's genius and of his position and stature in 20th-century literature. The poem "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden, read in the iconic film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is an incredibly moving funeral reading.

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There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.John Cage, composer