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ElyDave

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Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2017, 11:39:51 pm »
In no partic order

1) do not go gently etc
2) If
3) one of the very lyrical offerings by The Moody Blues, I need to go away and listen to them all again now
4) Ode to Autumn by Keats - not at all funereal, but one of my favourite poems since learning it as a skoolboy
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Graeme

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Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #26 on: August 13, 2017, 09:38:14 am »
I'm a big fan of Ecclesiastes too - but perhaps not helpful at a funeral? Or maybe it is. All the rivers run into the sea and yet the sea is not full. Vanity of vanity, everything is vanity.

I really appreciate all the poetry bring shared here, I hope it is useful to others too. It doesn't have to be religious poetry to be meaningful at a funeral. I've heard some helpful reflections at a variety of funerals.

What I'm finding helpful in this thread is the shared experience: instead of digging through tonnes of junk poetry to find the good stuff.
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Graeme

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Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2017, 09:39:38 am »
Song lyrics... There was a source of poetry I hadn't thought of! Moody blues?!?
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JennyB

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Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2017, 10:52:18 am »
I read Psalm 46 at my mother's funeral.
Jennifer - walker of hills



Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #29 on: August 13, 2017, 11:00:54 am »
Song lyrics... There was a source of poetry I hadn't thought of! Moody blues?!?

Most song lyrics sound pretty crass when separated from the music.  Though I'm sure people will find exceptions.

Ruthie

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Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2017, 01:05:33 pm »
Graeme, we'll read poetry for you at your funeral.  Just let us know which HMHB song you want us to read out.
Milk please, no sugar.

Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2017, 06:45:13 pm »
Ruthie - do you have a date?  I'd like to be there!

(Actually, I seriously DO NOT want to be at Graeme's funeral)

Re: Poetry to die for...
« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2017, 05:54:14 pm »
I can thoroughly recommend the Oxford Book of Death, compiled by DJ Enright.  It has epitaphs, last words, poetry, humour, etc.

Not sure it has this mock epitaph:-

I'm Smith of Stoke aged 60 odd
I lived from youth-time on
Without a dame
And wish to God
My Dad had done the same


I remember the more optimistic:

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Here lies the body of Elred. At least he will be when he is dead. But now at this time he's still alive, 14th August '65.