15 Powerful & Poignant Lines From Poetry

Ah, poetry.

Despite being a writer myself, poetry is something that I don’t think I can ever write (preferring to beat around the bush and write an entire novel, instead of a couple of stanzas). Some lines from poetry are so epic that I feel inspired to write … and fail terribly. But it’s OK, I’ve got these ones to look back on, and for me to marvel at the beauty of the written word.

So here, 15 (totally biased) powerful and poignant lines from poetry:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes…

‘She Walks In Beauty’, Lord Byron

He was my North, my South, my East and West
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong

‘Funeral Blues’, W.H. Auden

so I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me
Till then my windows ache

‘Sonnet LXV’, Pablo Neruda

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go

‘Suicide in the Trenches’, Siegfried Sassoon

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’, Dylan Thomas

She had blue skin,
and so did he.
He kept it hid
and so did she.
They looked for blue
their whole life through.
Then passed right by–
and never knew

‘Masks’, Shel Silverstein

At twenty I tried to die
And get back, back, back to you.
I thought even the bones would do.
But they pulled me out of the sack,
And they stuck me together with glue

‘Daddy’, Sylvia Plath

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise

‘Still I Rise’, Maya Angelou

Don’t like the
fact that he learned to hide from the cops before he knew
how to read. Angrier that his survival depends more on his ability
to deal with the “authorities” than it does his own literacy

‘Cuz He’s Black’, Javon Johnson

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

‘Sonnet XVII’, Pablo Neruda

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
I would like to be that unnoticed
& that necessary

‘Variation on the Word Sleep’, Margaret Atwood

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where
Nor any drop to drink

‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality

‘Because I could not stop for Death’, Emily Dickinson

And when wind and winter harden
All the loveless land,
It will whisper of the garden,
You will understand

‘To My Wife’, Oscar Wilde

This is the way the world ends
not with a bang but a whimper

‘The Hollow Men’, T.S Eliot

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