Abraham Lincoln Poems

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was also a lawyer and writer. He wrote poetry as a young man, sending verses to friends by letter. One such poem he wrote when Lee invaded the North during the Civil War. The poem most commonly associated with his name is ‘The Suicide Soliloquy,’ an unsigned poem attributed to him. It appeared in the Sangamo Journal in 1838. 

The Suicide’s Soliloquy

by Abraham Lincoln

‘The Suicide’s Soliloquy’ is a dark poem about sorrow and suicide which some believe was written by the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln may have been the author of this poem. It explores themes of nature, mortality, and spirituality. 'The Suicide's Soliloquy' is one of the most powerful and haunting poems of its time.

Here where the lonely hooting owl

Sends forth his midnight moans,

Fierce wolves shall o’er my carcase growl

Or buzzards pick my bones.

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