Flowers In Poetry

May 31, 2011

Poets love to use flowers to express their feelings of being in nature and the human connection with the outdoors. Flowers and flower imagery have been described and used by famous poets like William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and many many more! Here are some tidbits from some of the most beautiful poems about flowers.

Gather the Wild Flowers by Martha Lavinia Hoffman

“Gather the wild flowers from sunniest slopes,

Bring them to me with their wealth of perfume,

Cheering as happiness, charming as hope;

What varied phases of joy they assume!

Gather the wild flowers, a crown I would wreathe,

Crown thee a queen on this gray, mossy stone;

Did ever princess a purer air breathe?

Had ever queen a more beautiful throne?”

Ah Sunflower by Willam Blake

“Ah Sunflower, weary of time,

Who countest the steps of the sun;

Seeking after that sweet golden clime

Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,

And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,

Arise from their graves, and aspire

Where my Sunflower wishes to go!”

Daisies by Rose Terry Cooke

“air and peaceful daisies,

Smiling in the grass,

Who hath sung your praises?

Poets by you pass,

And I alone am left to celebrate your mass.”


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