Memories about the loss of lover/spouse

“All poetry is about the death of the beloved.”

                                                        — Faiz Ahmed Faiz (cited by Donald Hall in The Painted Bed)

Jeffrey Berman, Companionship in Grief: Love and Loss in the Memoirs of C.S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion (University of Massachussetts, )

C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (1961)

John Bayley, Elegy for Iris (1998)

Donald Hall, Without (1998); The Best of Times, the Worst of Times (2005)

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)

There are quotations from A Grief Observedhere; and here:

and a review of a reprint of the book by Hilary Mantel.

You can read one of the poems in Without here. And another, here.

You can read an extract from Didion’s book here.