The diaries of survivors of the 1918 influenza epidemic serve as a poignant and touching reminder of the great losses suffered in this horror. The poignant, distressing descriptions of entire families falling sick and sometimes dying within days of one another remind us of how lucky we are to have modern medicine available. What I find particularly poignant and heartbreaking are the brief entries listing the names of some of the people who got this terrible illness, and the sometimes fatal symptoms that arose because of it.
Quiz: When is something poignant?
- When it inspires deep feeling, sadness, or pity.
- When it creates a lasting feeling of accomplishment.
- When it is described in a few carefully chosen words.