13 Fresh Poems about the Morning

The poems on this list range from those suitable for anyone wishing to start the morning on a positive note and for those seeking out romantic, moving address to a lover at the start of the day. Everyone from Henry David Thoreau to Sylvia Plath has written on the topic of the morning and a few of their works are represented below. 

 

Love Is by Adrian Henri 

In this lovely poem in which the speaker uses repetition, they depict what “Love is.” It is everything from presents in Christmas shops to a fanclub “with only two fans.” These clever and original ways of describing love help to craft a thoughtful piece that’s perfect to greet a lover with in the morning. 

Love is…

Love is feeling cold in the back of vans

Love is a fanclub with only two fans

Love is walking holding paintstained hands

Love is.

 

Morning on the Sinnecock by Olivia Ward Bush-Bank 

‘Morning on the Sinnecock’ depicts a speaker’s life and compares it to the feeling of morning fading into day. Throughout the poem, the speaker describes the rising sun and the “wondrous spectacle” it creates. She observes the leaves and is compared to that same sunrise. The landscape becomes more beautiful as time progresses until she is no longer the youth she was at the beginning of the poem. 

The rising sun had crowned the hills,

And added beauty to the plain;

O grand and wondrous spectacle!

That only nature could explain.

 

Every Morning is a Chance by Anonymous 

‘Every Morning is a Chanceis a simple, short poem in which the speaker addresses their lover, telling them that each morning provides the possibility to make their world better. They can make “you dream,” “happy,” and love “unconditionally.” 

Every moment is an option

To make you happy

Every minute is an occasion

To love you unconditionally

Good morning

 

Morning by Henry Reed 

‘Morning’ by Henry Reed depots a speaker’s ideal world and how he loves there alongside his listener without shadows. He asks his listener, his lover, to look at a picture— a painting of a landscape. The poem concludes with a crafted image of future happiness. 

Look, my love, on the wall, and here, at this Eastern picture. 

How still its scene, and neither of sleep nor waking: 

No shadow falls from the tree or the golden mountain, 

 

Morning Song by Sylvia Plath 

In ‘Morning Song,’ Plath includes images of a mother learning about parenting and not feeling a deep-rooted attachment to her newborn child. Initially the child feels like an object until she warms up to them. 

Love set you going like a fat gold watch.

The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry

Took its place among the elements.

 

Good Morning Beautiful by Anonymous 

In ‘Good Morning Beautiful’ is a thoughtful love poem that’s suitable for reading to a lover at the beginning of a new day. The speaker addresses their lover as “beautiful” and goes on to speak about the night they spent together, their dreams, and what they want for the following hours. 

Today may have begun with the birds chirping

The cloud may have assumed its color

 

The Inward Morning by Henry David Thoreau

This complex poem taps into traditional beliefs of transcendentalism. It speaks on knowledge, intuition and all living things.  He connects what occurs in the mind and what goes on in the natural world around him. There is a unity between the two that ties the speaker to the world and the morning landscape he’s experiencing. It resides inside him as it does outside him. 

Packed in my mind lie all the clothes

Which outward nature wears,

And in its fashion’s hourly change

It all things else repairs.

 

Parting at Morning by Robert Browning 

In ‘Parting at Morning,’ the speaker describes how different the morning looks after spending the night with their lover. The details are used effectively and clearly throughout and include a landscape with golden light and his path set out before him. 

Round the cape of a sudden came the sea, 

And the sun looked over the mountain’s rim: 

 

Waking Early Sunday Morning by Robert Lowell 

In this thoughtful poem, the speaker describes the moral state of the earth and the future of humankind. He depicts some unknown monumental effort at the beginning that’s rewarded by death. He goes on to speak about a downward spiral that started at boyhood and then thinks about how different his life used to be—when he’d wake up and not worry about anything. 

O to break loose, like the chinook

salmon jumping and falling back,

nosing up to the impossible

stone and bone-crushing waterfall –

 

A Description of Morning by Jonathan Swift 

In this twenty-line poem was first published in 1709. It describes the events of one morning in London’s West End around that period. He describes a servant, Betty, going through the streets and coming into contact with various other characters, including a chimney-sweep and bill-collectors. Here are a few lines that depict this London morning: 

The slip-shod ‘prentice from his master’s door 

Had par’d the dirt, and sprinkled round the floor. 

Now Moll had whirl’d her mop with dext’rous airs, 

Prepar’d to scrub the entry and the stairs. 

 

Spring Morning by A.A. Milne 

Published in 1924, ‘Spring Morning’ includes a reflection on the speakre’s life a continued questioning of where this person is going. Throughout, the poet uses morning and spring-related images to depict his world. This includes “high rooks” calling, clouds sailing by, and the sun coming up. 

If you were a cloud, and sailed up there,

You’d sail on water as blue as air,

And you’d see me here in the fields and say:

“Doesn’t the sky look green today?”

 

Early One Morning by W.S. Merwin

Early One Morning’ is a short poem in which the speaker depicts an old man reminiscing on his youth. The reader learns bits of information about the man’s life while also asked to consider what his present is like. Memory is one of the most important themes in this piece with “morning” used as a time of recollection. 

Here is Memory walking in the dark

there are no pictures of her as she is

the coming day was never seen before

the stars have gone into another life

 

Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen by William Shakespeare 

In Sonnet 33,’ Shakespeare uses imagery to create a metaphor comparing a young man to the sun. He discusses this young man’s beauty and connects it to the sun obscured by clouds. Something happens, coming in and changing the morning. The youth moved behind the sun and out of the speaker’s possession. Here are a few lines: 

Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,

Kissing with golden face the meadows green,

Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy

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