Awkward Ages to be an Orphan
January 4, 2012 4:26 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend poems to read for this particular existential contemplation?
posted by rumposinc to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for poems, contemporary or not, that address the specific existential crisis/contemplation that occurs when one surpasses the age that their parent was when the parent died. I'd love it if you could recommend specifically to the father/son relationship, but any parent/child combo would be fine. I feel this is a not uncommon crisis and not uncommonly discussed in literature, and that while I have little trouble unearthing poems that consider a parent's mortality, I am looking to pinpoint this particular aspect of it--when one approaches and exceeds the life of a parent. I am feeling that the crisis is exquisitely keen when the parent died young.