Quotes about missing someone you love include Alphonse de Lamartine's "Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated," and William Cowper's "Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair." A poem by William Stanley Merwin includes the passage "Your absence has gone through me / Like thread through a needle / Everything I do stitched with its color."
Alphonse de Lamartine, who died in 1869, was a French politician and writer of noble descent. His famous poem "The Lake," believed to be party autobiographical, describes the passionate love shared by two individuals from a bereaved man's perspective.
William Cowper very likely experienced the depth of pain implied by his quote. Not only did he lose his mother at the age of 6, but his later desire to marry his cousin was thwarted by her father, who believed them too closely related to wed one another. The 18th-century son of an English church rector, Cowper was a popular poet of his time.
The quote from William Stanley Merwin implies that an absent person's influence can be profound. Merwin,
an American poet born in 1927, has received numerous honors for his work and has published more than 20 poetry books.