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  • It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
  • MLK’s poignant letter written from a Birmingham jail
  • Her suffering was the more poignant that she had to bear it in solitude.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Most of you have been where I am tonight. The crash site of unrequited love. You ask yourself, How did I get here? What was it about? Was it her smile? Was it the way she crossed her legs, the turn of her ankle, the poignant vulnerability of her slender wrists? What are these elusive and ephemeral things that ignite passion in the human heart? That’s an age-old question. It’s perfect food for thought on a bright midsummer’s night.
    Martin Sage and Sybil Adelman

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  • Oh, there had been moments all the sweeter and more poignant because they had been so fleeting.
    Haldeman, Julius Mr. and Mrs.  --  Dust
  • Everything she looked at, everything she remembered or thought of, became laden with poignant memory.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • The bareness of the squalid room made the pain of it more poignant.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The little house of dreams added another poignant and unforgettable moment to its store of memories.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne’s House of Dreams
  • He shook his head sadly, and with a look of poignant regret on his face.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It’s not like I had some utterly poignant, well-lit memory of a healthy father pushing a healthy child and the child saying higher higher higher or some other metaphorically resonant moment.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • Besides, many of the joys and sorrows of childhood have lost their poignancy;
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • ...they were fresh and poignant, as if he had at that moment first perceived them and made for them names new and wonderful.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Such tastes and acquirements in a man of his condition made the contrast more poignant between his outer situation and his inner needs
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The unpleasant sensations of the start were less poignant now.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • He still thought about his mother and his three-year-old sister, and he had moments of sadness and depression. But he and Nwoye had become so deeply attached to each other that such moments became less frequent and less poignant.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • with its soulful and poignant longing.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Of all the wishes people had brought him—money, love, revenge—this seemed to him the most poignant and the one most deserving of fulfillment.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • and beyond these links of community, which in themselves made the most poignant part of his distress, he thought of Hyde, for all his energy of life, as of something not only hellish but inorganic.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • 2) At this thou touchest my most poignant pain, My ill-starred father’s piteous disgrace, The taint of blood, the hereditary stain, That clings to all of Labdacus’ famed race.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • With poignancy, Sissy realized that he was growing up.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • This fear quickly became poignant as he realized that it was no longer a mere matter of freezing his fingers and toes, or of losing his hands and feet, but that it was a matter of life and death with the chances against him.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • ...all those elements of poignant sorrow and abundant happiness that make for...
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • And I know, sir, that next to scripts that are Tender and Poignant, you love scripts that have Courage and Integrity.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • we have here a very poignant human drama.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The music seemed to fill the whole room at Pete’s with its poignant tilt,
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • He had seen the sadness, the richness, the tragic poignancy of a way of life that each year, bit by bit, slipped beyond memory and was gone.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • A little girl with gold hoops in her ears and ugly scabs on her brow—did she feel, as he did, goodness and warmth and poignancy when he helped Doc dab iodine on her sores?
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • His earliest recollection was of great branches of lilac, standing in white jars, and they filled the house with a wistful, poignant smell.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • they reminded me, in a comical and a poignant way, of adolescents.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I’d dressed for the meeting, a decent suit and tie, but I realized as I rang his doorbell that a four-hundred-dollar suit in this neighborhood was more poignant than if I’d shown up in jeans.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • It’s poignant and it’s truth.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Was there some premonition, she would wonder, that made that moment so poignant, some foreknowledge that this was the last afternoon the three would ever spend together in the small cottage?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The week was a poignant ceremony of opposing forces trying to find common ground for the good of the community’s youth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • At once poignant and reminiscent of Southern Sundays, it also unnerved me a little, since I had the firm impression that synagogues did not come equipped with belfries.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And then you found that the sound went straight through you, and each syllable was crystal clear, whether you understood it or not, echoing poignantly inside your head.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In the shadows the mummified bundle—what little was visible—had a ragged, poignant, oddly personal look, less like an inanimate object than some poor creature bound and helpless in the dark, unable to cry out and dreaming of rescue.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Then she came to the roan mare with the big, poignant eyes, the long white blaze down her nose, and knew without being told.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Most poignant were his memories of his mother.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Ah, dear friend, you are happy not to know these poignant joys and sorrows.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The timing of the trip was particularly poignant: the Wednesday before the family’s second Thanksgiving in America.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • How can I see so noble a creature destroyed by misery without feeling the most poignant grief?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The words Father, Mother, Ravi, India, Winnipeg struck me with searing poignancy.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Borgenicht, in fact, unwittingly captures this poignancy in his memoir, which was published in 1 9 4 2 .
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The threat of Bologna to others had instilled in Doc Daneeka an even more poignant solicitude for his own safety.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And the fact that the frail was his mother and the King of the Mountain his father made it more poignant, but did not change the essential facts.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Nothing bitter — nothing poignant?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Teacherage, which stands opposite the up-to-date school, is an out-of-date edifice, drab and poignant.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The lonesome hole banked with poignant flowers.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • It is too poignant, iike the little boy peering in the candy store window.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
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