Poetic image is the essential factor andsoul of poetry. Language tends to be the carrier of the poetic image. Actually, the process of creating a poem is a kind of process in which the poet will select suitable concrete objects to be the poetic images, and construct the poetic image language so as to express his subjective feelings vividly. The construction of poetic image is not completed at poets’ pleasure, but conditioned by the cultural context. In order to understand the deep meaning of the poetry correctly, the cultural context which the poetic images depend on must be taken into consideration. The different Chinese and English cultural backgrounds make great impact on poets’thinking models and aesthetic interests, and endow the Chinese and English poetry with typical “sadness images”. This paper, by using the theories of cultural linguistics, makes an analysis on typical “sadness images” in both Chinese and English poetry.