Loneliness is a complex human emotion. In our modern, city driven societies, we are often surrounded by people. And we have the means to connect with each other across continents in an instant. Yet all of us experience loneliness.
Even the brightest, most seemingly connected of people, will feel at some point like they are drifting in a disparate space. Wandering, lonely as a cloud. Floating above a busy world, unable to reach down towards it. Loneliness can occur when people fail to understand how we feel, or why we react in a certain way to events.
Throughout time, poets have captured the complexity, and depth of this emotion in beautiful passages of solitude. And in reading their words, we can perhaps find some solace. This emotion, though it feels like an all-consuming vacuum, is being felt by millions of others in the moments you experience it.
And being alone doesn’t necessarily mean you feel lonely. There’s a freedom to being disconnected. To take time to tend to one’s thoughts, and enjoy our activities in peace. There are plenty of poems about this as well.
You’ll find below a collection of some of the best loneliness poems ever written. We hope they help you to feel a little less alone, if for a short while.