Classical poems about missing someone range from John Keats' 'The Day is Gone" and "The Philosopher" by Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edgar Allen Poe's "Annabel Lee." Contemporary examples include poems such as "Missing Mother" by Debbi Guzzi and "Dear One Absent This Long While" by Lisa Olstein.Continue Reading
Lost love is a common theme in poetry, one that may bring comfort to the reader of such poems. These poems tend to tell the tale of separation and longing for a loved one. Poe's "Annabel Lee" is a story of two lovers who "loved with a love that was more than love" before they were parted by Annabel Lee's death, exemplifying the familiar thread of missing someone.
Edna St. Vincent Millay writes in "The Philosopher" about being kept awake at night weeping and missing the one man she longs for, despite knowing many braver and kinder men than he. This poem posits the question of whether we have choices in love; the poet wonders at the foolishness of "women's ways," yet at the same time she marvels that she loves "wisely and so well."
Keats' words in "The Day is Gone" that "the day is gone and all it's sweets are gone" and his depiction of "faded flowers... faded voice" are suggestive of looking back after a lifetime at love lost many years ago or at someone after growing old together. The poet might miss his own lost youth, or he might be marveling at the universal process of aging and death.Learn more about Poetry