Sad Poems - Poems For Sad - My Sad Captains

Poems about sad. You can read the best sad poems. Browse through all sad poems.


My Sad Captains - Poem by Thom Gunn

One by one they appear in
the darkness: a few friends, and
a few with historical
names. How late they start to shine!
but before they fade they stand
perfectly embodied, all

the past lapping them like a
cloak of chaos. They were men
who, I thought, lived only to
renew the wasteful force they
spent with each hot convulsion.
They remind me, distant now.

True, they are not at rest yet,
but now they are indeed
apart, winnowed from failures,
they withdraw to an orbit
and turn with disinterested
hard energy, like the stars.


Submitted by Andrew Mayers


Comments about My Sad Captains by Thom Gunn

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kenneth Kaufman (1/20/2017 8:02:00 PM)

    I wouldn't know about it standing up to Sappho, Nick, but I have to disagree that that the poem has much to do with friends; really more to do with those with who one sets as guides for one's own life, whether friends or no. Life goes on; you live it, you move far from those early guides, so far that they may now seem as cold and distant as stars.... and have you been back to DS lately? (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rookie Nick Capozzoli (4/18/2009 10:30:00 PM)

    This 'little' poem has a classical lyrical ethos and brilliance...it stands up to Sappho. The subject, Gunn's recollection of his friends, could easily have lapsed into sentimentality, just as could have Sappho's. Instead, he puts them into an apallingly cold hard orbit in the classical cosmos. (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Poems About Sad

  1. 1. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  2. 2. ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  3. 3. A Fairly Sad Tale , Dorothy Parker
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Be Not Sad , James Joyce
  6. 6. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  7. 7. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  8. 8. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  12. 12. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  13. 13. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  14. 14. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  15. 15. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  16. 16. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  17. 17. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  18. 18. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  19. 19. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  20. 20. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  21. 21. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  22. 22. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  23. 23. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  24. 24. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  26. 26. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  27. 27. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  28. 28. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  29. 29. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  30. 30. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  31. 31. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  32. 32. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  33. 33. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  34. 34. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  35. 35. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  36. 36. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  37. 37. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  38. 38. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  39. 39. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  40. 40. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  41. 41. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
  42. 42. Mad And Sad , Samantha Guinen
  43. 43. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  46. 46. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  47. 47. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  48. 48. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  49. 49. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
[Report Error]