‘A Farewell’ challenges the reader to reflect upon the fleeting nature of human life, especially when compared to nature.
The narrator appears grateful for their life and for the time they still have left. This gratitude is principally expressed towards the natural world, which is presented to be their constant, unwavering companion.
Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.
‘In Memory of the Utah Stars’ captures the manner in which memories can provide us with both pleasure and pain.
The narrator appears grateful for the many happy memories the team gave them. This is in spite of their bitterness and the fact they feel as though they should have been more appreciative at the time.
Each of them must have terrified
his parents by being so big, obsessive
and exact so young, already gone
and leaving, like a big tipper,
Heaney’s ‘Personal Helicon’ draws inspiration from his rural carefree childhood and intimate connection with nature.
The narrator's sense of gratitude for their youth is tinged with regret, as they can no longer embody those emotions and memories.
‘I Give You Thanks My God’ by Bernard Dadié describes the nature of blackness and the speaker’s gratitude for the strength to carry the world.
In addition to feelings of general happiness, this poem expresses gratitude. Centrally, it's about being thankful for who one is and how God "made" them. This poem feature's the poet's gratitude for being made Black.
I give you thanks my God for having created me black
For having made of me
The total of all sorrows,
and set upon my head
‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ by William Carlos Williams depicts, in very simple language, a red wheelbarrow outside in the rain.
In this poem, Williams expresses his appreciation for the beauty of the world around him. The poem suggests that gratitude is an essential part of a fulfilling life, as it allows us to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world. By cultivating a sense of gratitude, Williams encourages readers to live with a sense of purpose and appreciation for the world around them.
so much depends
a red wheel
Li Bai’s ‘Taking Leave of a Friend’ uses different literary techniques to convey the themes of transience, nature, longing, and friendship.
The poem brings out the emotion of gratitude through the speaker's appreciation for their departed friend. Despite the sadness of parting, the speaker expresses gratitude for the time they spent together and for the memories that they will carry with them. The repetition of the word "Oh" in the poem emphasizes the speaker's emotional state, conveying a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude.
Blue mountains lie beyond the north wall;
Round the city's eastern side flows the white water.
Here we part, friend, once forever.
You go ten thousand miles, drifting away
‘A Child is Something Else Again’ by Yehuda Amichai is a poem about parenthood and childhood. A child represents a great deal, the speaker says, and provides a parent with the will to live.
Gratitude is a recurring theme in Yehuda Amichai's poetry, often expressed through a deep appreciation for the beauty and complexity of life. The poem expresses gratitude for the gift of parenthood and the wonder of watching a child grow and develop.
A child is something else again. Wakes up
in the afternoon and in an instant he's full of words,
in an instant he's humming, in an instant warm,
instant light, instant darkness.
‘In the twilight rain’ by Matsuo Bashō is a beautiful 3-line haiku that juxtaposes an evening rain with a bright hibiscus flower.
Bashō's poetry often emphasizes the importance of appreciating life and the natural world. The poem encourages readers to be grateful for the beauty and transience of nature and appreciate it while they can.
In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .
A lovely sunset
‘The shallows’ by Matsuo Bashō is a beautiful, traditional haiku about a crane landing in cool, shallow water and the ripples it makes.
The poem suggests a deep appreciation and gratitude for the beauty and harmony of the natural world. Through its focus on the crane's thighs splashing in the cool waves, the poem asks readers to remember how important it is to appreciate everyday life and everything that it demonstrates day after day.
The shallows –
a crane’s thighs splashed
in cool waves
‘Virgil’ by Giusue Carducci uses nature imagery to evoke historical and mythical themes and events.
This poem expresses a sense of gratitude for nature's beauty and poetry's power to inspire and console. It expresses the solace these things can bring in difficult times and evokes a sense of wonder and gratitude in the speaker's heart.
As when above the heated fields the moon
Hovers to spread its veil of summer frost,
The brook between its narrow banks half lost
Glitters in pale light, murmuring its low tune;
‘Dear Basketball’ by Kobe Bryant depicts the poet’s love for the sport. He expresses his appreciation for basketball and how it made him into the person he became.
More than anything, Bryant feels gratitude toward the sport of basketball for all the joy it brought him. It's taught him a great deal, and he'll never forget the time he spent playing.
From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
‘Lincoln, Man of the People’ by Edwin Markham is a unique poem about Abraham Lincoln that paints him, and his legacy, in idealized, universal terms. The speaker spends the poem describing Lincoln the perfect leader.
The speaker feels extreme gratitude for the type of person Lincoln was and what he was able to accomplish in his life. This is a feeling that should translate to the reader.
When the Norn Mother saw the Whirlwind Hour
Greatening and darkening as it hurried on,
She left the Heaven of Heroes and came down
To make a man to meet the mortal need.
‘Jenny Kiss’d Me’ by Leigh Hunt is a powerful declaration of happiness in the face of the passage of time. A great deal of joy can be found in a single happy memory, the speaker suggests.
Gratitude is an important emotion felt in this short 19th-century poem. The speaker feels gratitude for Jenny's kiss, especially as it continues to bring him joy many years later.
Jenny kiss’d me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
‘I, the Poet’ by Leonard Gorski is a thought-provoking and multi-layered free-verse poem that explores themes of identity, mortality, and the search for meaning in an often confusing and uncertain world.
Although the poem acknowledges the struggles and hardships of life, it ultimately suggests that gratitude and appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the world can bring comfort and solace. This is an emotion that many readers are likely going to feel as well.
I, the poet, wandering and amazed
Nailed by unhappiness to the wall
By age and poverty,
On which floor of stupidity or ignorance I dwell?