The poem "In Memory of a Child" by Vachel Lindsay remembers a lost son with joyous optimism. The third stanza reads: "His path leads on and on, Through pleasant lawns and flowers, His brown eyes open wide, At grass more green than ours." The poem was originally published in 1912 with a fifth stanza that was not found in later publications. In a different style, "Bereavement" by William Lisle Bowles is another uplifting poem of mourning.Continue Reading
Vachel Lindsay was an American poet who lived from 1879 to 1931. He was a reputable orator and performance poet. Topics of his work included current events of the time and American ideals. Lindsay was from Springfield, Illinois, where he was born in a house once inhabited by Abraham Lincoln's sister-in-law.
William Lisle Bowles, 1762 to 1850, was an English poet who did not achieve widespread success as a poet. He showed preference for sonnets, which proved most successful for him, but he also wrote long poems as well. He wrote several sonnets of mourning after the death of his fianc��e in 1793. This was his second engagement, the first of which had been terminated by the lady's parents due to his future not appearing to hold enough promise.Learn more about Poetry