Poetry to help you move on after a breakup/ transitional periods?

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I find that poetry really helps me in times of self-reflection and transitional periods in my life. I have always loved Ulysses by Tennyson; sample this:

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
As tho' to breathe were life!

Poems that helped me deal a recent transitional phase after a breakup include:

Elizabeth Bishop's One Art
Margaret Atwood's You fit into me
W.H Auden's Musee des Beaux Arts
Derek Walcott's Love after love
Philip Larkin's Since The Majority Of Me and Love, we must part now

Any recommendations for poetry (and novels, plays, etc.) that may have helped you get through a slightly stressful phase/overcome a loss of some kind?
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The title should have read: Poetry to help you move on after a breakup and/or deal with transitional periods?
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I really can't remember what I did as I was too desperate to numb the pain with alcohol. But I do remember listening to a few songs by Trading Yeaterday. Their songs are just pure poetry. I love "one day", "she is the sunlight" and "love song requiem".

Also "over you" by Chris Daughtry, the music is good but if you only read the lyrics, it's just as good.


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(Original post by Alsklinq)
I really can't remember what I did as I was too desperate to numb the pain with alcohol. But I do remember listening to a few songs by Trading Yeaterday. Their songs are just pure poetry. I love "one day", "she is the sunlight" and "love song requiem".

Also "over you" by Chris Daughtry, the music is good but if you only read the lyrics, it's just as good.


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Thanks- I'll check these out. I don't know if you like Ben Howard, but his 'Everything' is worth a listen, especially when you're in the it's- time- to- move- on-and-stop-ruminating phase.
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Poetry makes things worse because I used to write it.
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