“When Death Comes” by Mary Oliver engages with the themes of human existence, the temporality of life, and the inevitability of death.
Here are 10 of the best poems of Mary Oliver that every poetry lover must read, gathered from both her earlier and recent poetry collections.
Mary Oliver’s “Morning Poem” is about being cheerful and optimistic in all phases of life, embracing the beauty of nature, and finding happiness in small things.
In “Every Morning,” Oliver’s speaker reads the news about the calamities of war, how it affects families, children and causes the death of many people.
Mary Oliver’s “Singapore” is about a lady who washes the airport ashtrays. This poem was published in Poetry magazine, in June 1988.