Index
abandonment, fear of, 49, 82–86,
101
Abel, 72
Achilles, 93
African Americans, 17, 117n120
afterlife, 69
Agamben, Giorgio, 74
agency of the deceased, 18, 33, 60,
69, 76
“Ah, Are you Digging on my
Grave?” (Hardy), 48
aIdS poems, 31–33, 35, 120n51
“Alba” (Pound), 92–93
American Commonplace Book of
Poetry, The (Cheever), 13
American murder ballads, 20–22
Anatomy Act (1832), 47, 123n8
animation of the poet, 77
anti- aubades, 95
Antler, 37
apocryphal last words, 38–39
apostrophe, 67–68, 102–3, 105
Ariès, Philippe, 1
ars essendi morti, 45
ars moriendi: corpse poems as, 45;
as deathbed manuals, 32; inter-
cessory prayer, and, 13; last-
word
poems as, 2; as spiritual guides,
114–15n3, 120n49, 120n58;
unin-
tentional last words and, 26–31
“Aubade” (Crapsey), 95–97
“Aubade” (Larkin), 99–100
“Aubade” (Stevie Smith), 87–88
“Aubade and Elegy” (Bishop),
103–5, 129n39
aubades: about, 78–82, 126–27n7;
commuter, 93–94; compared
to elegies, 101–6; dialogues in,
83–89; lovers, abandonment
by, 82–86, 101; lovers depart-
ing, 90–95; lovers refusing to
depart, 95–98; motherhood
and, 128n22; preview of cadav-
ers, 92–93; revival and survival,
102–6; single- lover aubades,
98–101; waiting and loss, 83–89
audience, 5, 14–15
Augustine, 74
Auschwitz and After (Delbo), 65
automobiles, 93–94
Awful Rowing Towards God, The
(Sexton), 40
Babii Yar, 65
“Ballads of Lenin” (Hughes), 58
banality of death, 24–30, 121n67
“Barren Women” (Plath), 128n22
Barthes, Roland: “The Death of
the Author,” 74; Derrida on, 41;
Fragments d’un discours amour-
eux, 82–86; on love, 90–91, 97;
parental abandonment, 101–2
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