What Are Some Sad Poems?

One sad poem, titled "Alone," and written by Edgar Alan Poe in 1829, tells a story of inner turmoil. The poem was not published until after Poe's death, but is dated one month after his foster mother had passed away. Poe describes his sadness throughout the poem, as can be seen in this excerpt, "My sorrow; I could not awaken / My heart to joy at the same tone."

"If These Walls Could Talk," by Christelle Duvenage weaves a tale of loneliness and despair with prose such as, "I've been left here on my own / chained to a hate of some kind." Duvenage's poem tells a tale of torment, that expresses what the "walls" would say if they could talk, but the poem ends on an uplifting note, taking a turn toward spirituality when it states, "God sends His angels / to look over me at night."

Another poem written by Sylvia Plath, titled "Mirror," tells a tale that is open to interpretation, but its sadness is unmistakable. In it Plath laments, "Faces and darkness separate us over and over."

For a few other examples, Tupac Shakur showed he had more than one talent with his poem, "I Cry." A few other sad poems are "The Bells," by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Last Leaf," written by Oliver Wendell Holmes.