10e Disaster Poetry Examples

Here are a few examples of poems written about disasters. The first, by W.H. Auden, was written in 1939 about the tragedies occurring at that time. But, in 2011, after the twin towers were bombed in the United States, it became famous once more. Here are a few of the potent lines:

Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odor of death
Offends the September night.

You can find the rest here: http://www.poemdujour.com/Sept1.1939.html

The second poem, by Wallace Stevens, contains incredible language as it talks about disaster. Here are a few of the lines that resonate with me:

She dreams a little, and she feels the dark 
Encroachment of that old catastrophe, 
As a calm darkens among water-lights. 
The pungent oranges and bright, green wings 
Seem things in some procession of the dead,

To read the rest, check it out here: http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/wallace-stevens/sunday-morning/

Walt Whitman penned the following after Lincoln was shot:

Coffin that passes through lanes and streets,
Through day and night, with the great cloud darkening the land,
With the pomp of the inloop’d flags, with the cities draped in black,

To read the rest, check here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20270

W.B. Yeats wrote of World War 1:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

More of this poem can be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15527

T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men, has a very different style. Check out these lines:

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
                                For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
                                Life is very long

To read the rest, go to: http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/784/

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