Satisfaction Poems

Poems that convey satisfaction often celebrate contentment, fulfillment, and a sense of completion. Whether in love, work, or personal growth, these poems express a joyous acceptance of the moment and an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.

A fine example of this sentiment is found in Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself,’ where the speaker revels in the self and the connection with the world around them. The language used in poems about satisfaction is often warm and affirming, with imagery that reflects harmony and balance.



by Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Days’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson is a short allegorical poem reflecting on the passage of time and the expectations of humans that come and go with it. It is celebrated as one of the best transcendental poems of the 19th century.

Satisfaction ranks high because it accurately represents the narrator's emotions. In 'Days,' the speaker does not even think to prepare a request until the 'day' arrives. They only snatch up something because they feel obliged to. It is more or less the same as contentment.

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,

Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,

And marching single in an endless file,

Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.

A Dead Rose

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

‘A Dead Rose’ mourns the short-lived nature of beauty, with vivid imagery and poignant emotions.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem 'A Dead Rose' evokes the emotion of satisfaction through the speaker's recognition and acceptance of the rose's transformed state. Despite its withered appearance, the speaker's heart still finds the rose sweet and complete. This acknowledgment of the rose's beauty, even in decay, creates a sense of contentment and fulfillment. The poem suggests that true satisfaction can be found in appreciating and cherishing beauty, regardless of its imperfections or transience.

O Rose! who dares to name thee?

No longer roseate now, nor soft, nor sweet;

But pale, and hard, and dry, as stubble-wheat,—-

Kept seven years in a drawer—-thy titles shame thee.

Archaic Torso of Apollo

by Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Archaic Torso of Apollo’ by Rainer Maria Rilke details the remaining beauty and power of a damage sculpture missing its head and legs.

The poem ends with the powerful command, "You must change your life." This line suggests that the speaker has been transformed by their encounter with the sculpture and that they are now committed to living a life of greater meaning and purpose. This theme of transformation and personal growth is central to much of Rilke's work.

We cannot know his legendary head

with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso

is still suffused with brilliance from inside,

like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

Dear Mama

by Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur’s ‘Dear Mama’ expresses heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for a mother’s love and sacrifices, showcasing profound emotions.

This poem explores the emotion of satisfaction through its expressions of deep gratitude and appreciation. The speaker reflects on the love, sacrifices, and care provided by their mother, creating a sense of fulfillment and contentment. The acknowledgment of the mother's unwavering support and the speaker's understanding of their impact evokes a profound satisfaction, as the poem celebrates the profound bond and fulfillment found in a loving relationship.

There's no way I can pay you back

But my plan is to show you that I understand

You are appreciated


Leaving the Motel

by W. D. Snodgrass

‘Leaving the Motel’ reflects on the impermanence of human experiences, urging readers to embrace transience and let go of attachments.

The poem induces the emotion of satisfaction through the speaker's careful attention to detail and the act of tidying up before departing. The sense of order and completion in preparing the motel room for the next occupants can bring a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in fulfilling one's responsibilities.

Outside, the last kids holler

Near the pool: they’ll stay the night.

Pick up the towels; fold your collar

Out of sight.

The Last Leaf

by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes’s ‘The Last Leaf’ portrays the physical decline of an elderly man and explores themes of mortality and acceptance.

This poem brings up the emotion of satisfaction through the narrator's acceptance and contentment with their current circumstances. Despite the depiction of aging and the passage of time, there is a sense of peace and fulfillment in their outlook, which can evoke a feeling of satisfaction in readers.

I saw him once before,

As he passed by the door,

And again

The pavement stones resound,



by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s ‘Pleasures’ celebrates the beauty hidden within everyday objects, inviting readers to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The poem 'Pleasures' elicits the emotion of satisfaction through its descriptions of hidden treasures and the speaker's delight in discovering them. The vivid imagery and the speaker's expressions of pleasure evoke a sense of contentment and fulfillment. The act of uncovering beauty in the ordinary invites readers to share in the satisfaction of appreciating the richness and depth that can be found in everyday experiences.

I like to find

what's not found

at once, but lies

within something of another nature,

Life Sculpture

by George Washington Doane

‘Life Sculpture’ by George Washington Doane is a poem heavily symbolic poem about realizing one’s true potential and purpose in life.

A sense of satisfaction is inspired by the poem's ending. Leaving the reader with an almost unspoken promise that, if they heed the speaker's words, they'll find similar contentment in their own life.

Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy

With his marble block before him,

And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,

As an angel-dream passed o’er him. 

Look, Stranger

by W.H. Auden

‘Look, Stranger’ by W. H. Auden captures the beauty of a moment observed by the speaker and reveals the very human desire to commit it to memory.

There is a sense of the speaker's satisfaction as the poem finishes, a certain contentment that comes from their attempt to capture the scene in front of them. Part of this is owed to their ability to put down into words their emotional description of the moment they just experienced. But of course, it is also because of the sensory experiences themselves.

Look, stranger, on this island now

The leaping light for your delight discovers,

Stand stable here

And silent be,


by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Ozymandias’ is about the nature of power. It is an important piece that features how a great ruler like Ozymandias, and his legacy, was prone to impermanence and decay.

The poem's speaker feels satisfaction in the realization that even the most formidable rulers will eventually be forgotten, and their legacies will crumble to dust. It's a reminder to value humility and focus on leaving a positive impact rather than chasing fleeting glory.

I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,


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Between the Breasts

by E.E. Cummings

‘Between the Breasts’ is a celebration of sensuality, desire, and the uninhibited pursuit of pleasure, using unconventional language and vivid imagery to evoke intense emotions and challenge traditional poetic norms.

This poem evokes the emotion of satisfaction through its depiction of indulgence and the fulfillment of desires. The poem celebrates the physical encounters and embraces the gratification that comes with giving in to primal instincts. The striking imagery and passionate language convey a sense of fulfillment and contentment, inviting readers to experience the satisfaction that arises from indulging in the pleasures of the body and embracing one's sensual desires.

between the breasts

of bestial

Summer of Love

by Joyce Kilmer

‘Summer of Love’ by Joyce Kilmer juxtaposes nature’s beauty with enduring love, celebrating the lasting joy of affection.

The poem 'Summer of Love' arouses the emotion of satisfaction through the speaker's contentment. As they contemplate the gifts of June, they express a sense of fulfillment in the enduring presence of love. This satisfaction arises from the realization that the transient beauty of nature, while appreciated, cannot surpass the deep contentment and joy found in the constant and transformative power of love, ultimately leaving the speaker at ease with their choices and priorities.

June lavishes sweet-scented loveliness

And sprinkles sunfilled wine on everything;

The very leaves grow drunk with bliss and sing

And every breeze becomes a soft caress.


by Edgar Guest

Edgar Albert Guest’s ‘Thanksgiving’ radiates familial warmth, intertwining laughter, gratitude, and time-honored traditions in shared gatherings.

This poem elicits satisfaction through its depiction of contented family gatherings. The lines about "plannin’ an’ toilin’" being mostly done and the joy of reuniting with loved ones create a sense of fulfillment. The imagery of sitting "with the ones I love best" and hearing "old voices still ringin’ with song" evokes a gratifying sense of completeness and cherished moments.

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,

An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;

An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they

Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;

The Pumpkin

by John Greenleaf Whittier

‘The Pumpkin’ by John Greenleaf Whittier celebrates the pumpkin’s beauty, nostalgia, and its power to evoke cherished memories and emotions.

John Greenleaf Whittier's poem elicits satisfaction by capturing the contentment of harvest and Thanksgiving. The descriptions of pumpkins' abundance and the joy of pumpkin-related activities evoke a sense of fulfillment. The poem's celebration of simple pleasures, nostalgia, and shared moments conveys a satisfying feeling of completeness and gratitude.

Oh, greenly and fair in the lands of the sun,

The vines of the gourd and the rich melon run,

And the rock and the tree and the cottage enfold,

With broad leaves all greenness and blossoms all gold,

Around the Campfire

by Emilie Pinet

Amidst scarlet flames and camaraderie, ‘Around the Campfire’ captures transformative connections. Vivid imagery illuminates rekindled friendships, binding souls in tranquility.

This poem brings forth satisfaction by depicting the fulfillment of human connection. The camaraderie, rekindled friendships, and unity portrayed create a sense of contentment. The tranquil escape from worries and the shared stories evoke a feeling of fulfillment, capturing the satisfaction of genuine interactions and the soothing embrace of nature.

Rising from the fire like a phoenix,

ash morphs into flights of flaming darts.

And shadows mark the fringes of light,

extinguishing all unwary sparks.


A Thanksgiving Poem

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In grateful hymns, Dunbar lauds God’s mercy, human flaws, and divine abundance in a harmonious ode.

The poem evokes satisfaction through its expressions of contentment and gratitude. The poet's acknowledgment of a bountiful harvest, divine protection, and abundant blessings creates a sense of fulfillment. The poem's reflective and reverent tone conveys a deep appreciation for life's provisions, inviting readers to share in the satisfaction of recognizing and being thankful for the richness of their own experiences.

The sun hath shed its kindly light,

Our harvesting is gladly o’er

Our fields have felt no killing blight,

Our bins are filled with goodly store.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

by William Blake

‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’ by William Blake explores the tension between opposing forces and the transformative power of embracing contradiction.

'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' triggers the emotion of satisfaction through its celebration of embracing opposing forces and contradictions. The poem's visionary and mystical elements can evoke a sense of contentment in understanding the interconnectedness of life's complexities. The imagery of roses blooming amidst thorns and honey bees singing on a barren heath may create a feeling of fulfillment in finding beauty and vitality in unexpected places.

Rintrah roars and shakes his fires in the burdened air;

Hungry clouds swag on the deep.

Once meek, and in a perilous path,

The just man kept his course along

You Can’t Have It All

by Barbara Ras

‘You Can’t Have It All’ celebrates life’s diverse experiences, urging appreciation for moments amid constraints, fostering gratitude and acceptance.

This poem elicits a sense of satisfaction through its emphasis on appreciating life's diverse experiences. The imagery of touch, nature, and human connections portrays moments of fulfillment. The poem's contemplative tone and focus on embracing what is attainable evoke a feeling of satisfaction with the richness of life's nuances.

But you can have the fig tree and its fat leaves like clown hands

gloved with green. You can have the touch of a single eleven-year-old finger

on your cheek, waking you at one a.m. to say the hamster is back.

You can have the purr of the cat and the soulful look

To BRYANT, the Poet of Nature

by Walt Whitman

In ‘To BRYANT, the Poet of Nature,’ Bryant’s legacy is intertwined with nature’s eternal embrace. It is a poetic testament transcending time, honoring the divine bond between art and environment.

The poem evokes satisfaction by portraying nature as an eternal monument to Bryant's legacy. The concept of his influence seen in mountains and flowing streams brings a sense of fulfillment, assuring his enduring impact. This depiction of nature's tribute conveys a contented sense of accomplishment and completion.

Let Glory diadem the mighty dead—

Let monuments of brass and marble rise

To those who have upon our being shed

A golden halo, borrowed from the skies,

The Broken Oar

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Longfellow’s contemplative journey reveals the weariness of the human experience and the limitations of language.

Longfellow's poem induces a sense of satisfaction through the poet's search for closure and resolution. The quest for a final word and the subsequent discovery of the broken oar and its inscription provides a moment of fulfillment. The act of writing the words and discarding the pen into the sea symbolizes a sense of completion and acceptance, bringing about a satisfying conclusion to the poet's journey.

Once upon Iceland's solitary strand

A poet wandered with his book and pen,

Seeking some final word, some sweet Amen,

Wherewith to close the volume in his hand.

Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

IN ‘Heaven-Haven: A Nun Takes the Veil’ the speaker yearns for a tranquil sanctuary, free from life’s storms, desiring a realm of eternal springs and serene beauty.

The poem does not primarily elicit the emotion of satisfaction, as it focuses more on longing and desire for an idealized existence. However, it can evoke a sense of satisfaction in the reader by presenting a vision of a tranquil sanctuary, where one's yearnings for peace and serenity are fulfilled.

I have desired to go

Where springs not fail,

To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail

And a few lilies blow.

The Song of Hiawatha Introduction

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘The Song of Hiawatha’ Introduction by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the first in a series of sections, or cantos, from the long epic poem, ‘The Song of Hiawatha.’

Amid challenges, there are moments of contentment and fulfillment in the poem. Hiawatha's successes, the bonds he forms, and the wisdom he garners provide pockets of satisfaction, offering respite and reflection.

Should you ask me, whence these stories?

Whence these legends and traditions,

With the odors of the forest

With the dew and damp of meadows,

29 April 1989

by Sujata Bhatt

‘29 April 1989’ by Sujata Bhatt is a sweet, little piece about a mother’s sudden found pleasure in nature’s soggy musicality.

A still— Volcano —Life

by Emily Dickinson

‘A still— Volcano —Life’ by Emily Dickinson is an unforgettable poem that uses an extended metaphor to describe the life of the poet. She compares herself to a volcano that erupts under the cover of darkness.

A still — Volcano — Life —

That flickered in the night —

When it was dark enough to do

Without erasing sight —

Blaen Cwrt

by Gillian Clarke

‘Blaen Cwrt,’ a poem by Welsh poet Gillian Clarke depicts the pleasant dwelling of the speaker in rural Ceredigion, West Wales.

Breaking the Surface

by Jean Bleakney

‘Breaking the Surface’ by Jean Bleakney is about the “art of skimming,” an extended metaphor for the art of writing poetry.

Eel Tail

by Alice Oswald

‘Eel Tail,’ a poem by contemporary British poet Alice Oswald, is about the mysteriously beautiful eels and their swift movements in the water.

sometimes you see mudfish,

those short lead lengths of eels

that high at low tide

those roping and wagging,

Fiddler Jones

by Edgar Lee Masters

Masters’ ‘Fiddler Jones’ highlights how following one’s passion, no matter what it is, is always worthwhile and helps lead a life without any regrets. As the title says, this poem is about a wayward fiddler devoted to his passion.

For Nanabhai Bhatt

by Sujata Bhatt

‘For Nanabhai Bhatt’ is about the poet Sujata Bhatt’s grandfather, Nanabhai Bhatt, who was an educationist and activist active during the Indian independence movement.

In this dream my grandfather

comes to comfort me.

He stands apart


For Sidney Bechet

by Philip Larkin

‘For Sidney Bechet’ is a poetic tribute to Sidney Bechet, one of the early jazz maestros that poet Philip Larkin admired the most.

That note you hold, narrowing and rising, shakes

Like New Orleans reflected on the water,

And in all ears appropriate falsehood wakes,

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