Memorial Verses

Goethe in Weimar sleeps, and Greece,
Long since, saw Byron's struggle cease.
But one such death remain'd to come;
The last poetic voice is dumb--

by Matthew Arnold Click to read full poem

Comments (8)

I have stood at Wordsworth grave in Grassmere. There is a sign pointing to it. But no sign can bring us that way better than this poem. And one should read this poem while standing there, knowing the power of words.
A beautifully written and philosopical memorial highlighting the strengths and flaws of these three great poets and their differing effects on society. Perhaps Arnold is suggesting and moaning the death of the Age of Romantic Poetry with the loss of these poets each of which had a powerful effect on his writings.
Tribute to Poets like Byron, Goethe and Wordsworth in his own critical style, Matthew Arnold stands unique among modern poets of the world!
A poem about someone's grave can be interestingly flowery and rich to the point of influential praise.
It is not only a tribute to the three great poets, but also a real-time adoration of the truth and love for creativity.
Such a memorable poem.... thanks for posting....
Great tribute to three poets, representing the force, sage mind and healing power of the truth. It's very uplifting by its energetic rhythm and overflowing love to poetry and people!
Like the thunder's roll! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.