The loss of a loved one is hard, but it has inspired some very beautiful poetry. This selection begins with Catullus’s
farewell to a beloved brother.
In this poem, the inspiration for a famous English translation, Callimachus remembers his
Catullus expresses both consolation and desire in his half-serious lament for
Archilochus, the seventh-century BCE warrior-poet, explains that
Finally, in the Elysian fields Aeneas is shown Marcellus, Augustus’s tragically short-lived
See the index to Pantheon Poets’ selections of poetry on a theme here.