About Poetry — Poets, Poems, Poetics, Contemporary Poetry and Poetry History About Poetry — Poets, Poems, Poetics, Contemporary Poetry and Poetry History Crafting the lines to be carved on a tombstone, distilling the essence of a life into a brief final statement is an innately poetic task, one that has often fallen to the poets among us. Browsing through our library of classic poems, you will discover quite a few “epitaph poems.” They may be elegies or memoirs brief enough to be etched on someone’s grave, like Ben Jonson’s “On My First Son,” a farewell to his eldest son who died of the plague at the age of seven, or Aphra Behn’s “Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child, the Last of Seven that Died Before.” Or the epitaph may be spun out far beyond the confines of an actual tombstone into a meditation on the nature of poetry and life, like William Wordsworth’s “A Poet’s Epitaph.” And of course many poets have chosen to write their own epitaphs, like Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Louis Stevenson and William Butler Yeats.
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