‘On Joy and Sorrow’ by Kahlil Gibran is a meditative, insightful, poetic essay that makes interesting implications about the inseparable emotions of joy and sorrow.
'On Joy and Sorrow' investigates sorrow's relationship with joy. While the speaker admits that sorrow is unpleasant and tearful, he offers hope to those who are sad, indicating that sorrow would be impossible to feel unless one has also felt joy. In the same way, one cannot mourn an object or person unless, at one time, that person or thing brought them joy.
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
‘Oddjob, a Bull Terrier’ by Derek Walcott is a thoughtful, emotional poem about loss and how unbearable the death of a pet can be.
How sorrow operates and where it comes from is one of the major themes of this poem.
‘The Double Shame’ by Stephen Spender conveys a depiction of what the world feels like when one loses a very important person in their life. Everything is transformed in a way that makes a living from day to day difficult.
There is a great deal of sorrow in this poem that stems from sources that are not entirely described.
‘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.
The speaker of the poem is clearly in a state of deep despair, feeling abandoned by friends and family and unable to find any joy or pleasure in life. The poem reflects the pain and loneliness that can lead someone to contemplate suicide as a way out of their suffering.
‘Rowing’ by Anne Sexton is a moving and unforgettable poem about depression. It was written two years before Sexton took her life in 1974.
The poem 'Rowing' by Anne Sexton relates to sorrow in that it expresses the speaker's struggle with life's hardships and the many different forms they take.
Amanda Gorman’s ‘Chorus of the Captains’ is an occasional poem written for and performed at the 52nd Super Bowl. It describes the work of three American heroes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sorrow is something that Gorman acknowledges from the first lines of this poem. She knows, as all readers do, that sorrow is a very real part of everyday life.