What are some famous poems written in memory of a loved one?


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"In Memory of a Child" by Vachel Lindsey, “Sylvia's Death” by Anne Sexton and “In Memory of M.B.” by Anna Akhmatova are famous poems written in memory of loved ones. Memorial poems express a wide range of styles and moods, from happy remembrances to ponderings on the reality of loss.

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"In Memory of a Child" by Vachel Lindsey is a five-stanza lyrical poem lamenting the death of a child. Lindsey, the first American poet invited to lecture at England's Oxford University, offers a poem that conveys both grief and faith.

Anne Sexton's “Sylvia's Death” was originally published in the January 1964 issue of Poetry Magazine. The poem, written in response to the suicide of a dear friend, reads as if written directly to its subject and is filled with sentimentality and melancholy.

“In Memory of M. B.” by Anna Akhmatova is a free verse poem that ponders the depth of the poet’s relationship with a loved one who has died. Akhmatova was a famous 20th century Russian poet.

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