Poems on Aging

Below are 41 poems on aging from poets known and unknown.

  1. ‘In the Attic’ by Seamus Heaney
  2. ‘In View of the Fact’ by A. R. Ammons
  3. ‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph
  4. ‘Growing Old’ by Mathew Arnold
  5. ‘Forgetfulness’ by Billy Collins
  6. ‘Silence’ by Anthony Thwaite
  7. ‘Age’ by Robert Creeley
  8. ‘Terminus’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. ‘An Old Man’s Winter Night’ by Robert Frost
  10. ‘Affirmation’ by Donald Hall
  11. ‘The Old Gods’ by Dannie Abse
  12. ‘I Look into My Glass’ by Thomas Hardy
  13. ‘Random Ageist Verses’ by Peter Porter
  14. ‘First Gestures’ by Julia Kasdorf
  15. ‘Touch Me’ by Stanley Kunitz
  16. ‘Nature’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  17. ‘The Password’ by Anne Stevenson
  18. ‘Late Ripeness’ by Czeslaw Milosz
  19. ‘Hail and Farewell’ by Charles Reznikoff
  20. ‘Tired with All These, For Restful Death I Cry’ by William Shakespeare
  21. ‘Like as the Waves Make Toward the Pebbled Shore’ by William Shakespeare
  22. ‘Lullaby’ Jenny Joseph
  23. ‘Young men dancing, and the old’ by Thomas Stanley
  24. ‘Not for Me a Youngman’s Death’ by Roger Mcgough
  25. ‘Tithonus’ by Lord Alfred Tennyson
  26. ‘Lunch’ Lotte Kramer
  27. ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ by Dylan Thomas
  28. ‘The Descent’ by William Carlos Williams
  29. ‘Lines On Retirement, After Reading Lear’ by David Wright
  30. ‘When You Are Old’ by William Butler Yeats
  31. ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ by William Butler Yeats
  32. ‘Written In a Carefree Mood’ by Lu Yu
  33. ‘Mrs Baldwin’ by Fleur Adcock
  34. ‘What I Regret’ by Ninna Cassian
  35. ‘Old Flame’ by Linda Chase
  36. ‘Blue Hydrangeas, September’ by Gillian Clarke
  37. ‘That time of year thou mayst in me behold…’ by Maureen Duffy
  38. ‘Ageing’ Ruth Fainlight
  39. ‘Long Life’ by Elaine Feinstein
  40. ‘On Hearing I’d Outlived My Son the Linguist’ by Roy Fisher
  41. ‘Lieselott Among the Blackberries’ Gerda Mayer

Do you have a favorite poem on aging not included? Post it in the comment section below to be added to the list.

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