What Is a Good Poem About Friends Growing Apart?


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A good poem about friends growing apart is "Shake Hands" by A. E. Housman. This short poem addresses the pain of parting from someone who is no longer a friend and ends with a promise that the narrator will always be there for the former friend.

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The first stanza talks about the friendship going sour and begins, "Shake hands, we shall never be friends, all's over; I only vex you the more I try." But the second (and last) stanza says that if the person the poem is addressed to is ever in trouble, "Be good to the lad that loves you true/And the soul that was born to die for you/And whistle and I'll be there." Housman's romantic poetry cycle "A Shropshire Lad" was published in 1896.

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