Appreciation Poems

Poems about appreciation are wide-ranging. They cover experiences of gratitude as well as a lack of gratitude when it may have been warranted.

Many appreciation poems ask readers to consider the simple things in their everyday life, from a red wheelbarrow to a shirt, family dinner, a trip to the store, and a healthy body to live in. Reminding readers of all the things one should be grateful for in an overwhelming world that always demands “more” is a common theme in these pieces of verse.

Whether the appreciation poem was written in the 1700s or 1900s, these highly-relatable poems cover various topics and life experiences. Some are addressed to the reader while others are addressed to the person or thing being appreciated.

A poet might dedicate their words to a loved one, praising them and thanking them for support during tough transitions or asking them to take the time to appreciate what they have sacrificed. Other writers might use apostrophes, addressing their words to inanimate objects, the dead, or divine forces, conveying their love, admiration, and appreciation for these objects or forces.

A Bird, came down the Walk

by Emily Dickinson

‘A Bird, came down the Walk’ by Emily Dickinson is a beautiful nature poem. It focuses on the actions of a bird going about its everyday life.

The speaker spends the poem appreciating and analyzing the actions of a single bird.

The Captive Dove

by Anne Brontë

‘The Captive Dove’ by Anne Brontë is a powerful example of her verse that reminds readers that all living things desire freedom.

The poem reflects the poet's appreciation of the natural world and the beauty of freedom. The poet's empathy for the dove and her appreciation of its instincts is evident in her words, "And when I hear thy plaintive moan, I mourn for thy captivity, And in thy woes forget mine own."

To a Skylark

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘To a Skylark’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley is an ode. It celebrates the beauty of nature and the bliss of a skylark’s song.

This poem is a celebration of the beauty and brilliance of nature, emphasizing the speaker's appreciation for the bird's song and its ability to inspire feelings of joy and awe.

The Miracle of Morning

by Amanda Gorman

‘The Miracle of Morning’ by Amanda Gorman is a direct message of hope in the face of suffering. Specifically, Gorman uses this poem to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its outcome. 

The poet hoped that after enduring the many months of the pandemic and suffering innumerable losses, people would come together and appreciate life more. She conveys her hopes in this uplifting and optimistic poem.

America For Me

by Henry van Dyke

‘America For Me’ by Henry Van Dyke is a passionate, patriotic poem about America. It celebrates how different the United States is from Europe. 

The speaker notes that he greatly appreciates the cities and countries in Europe but that his love remains with America. He doesn't see the US as having the same flaws as Europe does.

Imagining Their Own Hymns

by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

‘Imagining Their Own Hymns’ by Brigit Pegeen Kelly is a memorable poem that speaks about the difference between how something appears and its reality. 

The speaker feels that she is appreciated for the wrong reasons and that the women in church are not seeing the truth in the images around them.

Christmas Everywhere

by Phillips Brooks

‘Christmas Everywhere’ by Phillips Brooks is an uplifting Christmas and religious poem about the power of the season. The poet implies that if people wanted to, they could carry the same feeling of faithfulness throughout the whole year. 

The poet deeply appreciates Christmas and feels inspired by the idea that the same faithful feelings are shared around the world at this time of year. He appreciates the good deeds people are inspired to complete as well.

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever (from Endymion)

by John Keats

‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’ is famous as the first book in John Keats’ epic, ‘Endymion.’ It is based on the tale of Endymion, whose beauty was of such joy to Selene that it immortalized him for the rest of his days.

At Grass

by Philip Larkin

‘At Grass’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about fame and happiness. It focuses on racehorses and how they found new homes away from their previous lives.

Australia 1970

by Judith Wright

‘Australia 1970’ by Judith Wright speaks on the changing landscape of Australia in the 1970s. It promotes a version of Australia that is fierce, wild, and dangerous just like the animals that have always lived within its boundaries.

Barter by Sara Teasdale

by Sara Teasdale

‘Barter’ by Sara Teasdale describes the many lovely and splendid sights, sounds and experiences life has to sell to someone willing to invest in them.

Blue-Butterfly Day

by Robert Frost

‘Blue-Butterfly Day’ by Robert Frost beautifully describes the movements of a flock of butterflies. He uses them as a way of describing the cycle of life and death.


by Philip Larkin

‘Coming’ by Philip Larkin is about spring and how emotional its arrival can be. The peace, joy, and promise of spring rub off on Larkin’s speaker in a wonderful way.

Edgar Allan Poe

by Timothy Thomas Fortune

‘Edgar Allan Poe’ by Timothy Thomas Fortune contains a speaker’s praise for the works and life of the poet and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe. 

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.

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.

Forties Flick

by John Ashbery

Published in John Ashbery’s award-winning poetry collection, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), the poem ‘Forties Flick’ is a postmodern, nostalgic lyric on film noir of the “classic period.” This piece vividly portrays a trademark scene of Hollywood crime dramas of the 1940s.


by Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings herself considered ‘Fountain’ as one of her favorite poems. This piece is about the controlled energy of a fountain.

Full Moon and Little Frieda

by Ted Hughes

In ‘Full Moon and Little Frieda,’ Ted Hughes describes his daughter’s observations of the world around her, reflecting on nature and family.

I Hear America Singing

by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman’s poetic prose, ‘I hear America Singing’, free-flows with vibrancy, energy, and sheer respect for proletariat members of America.

Inexorable Deities

by Edgar Lee Masters

‘Inexorable Deities’ is made up of one speaker’s wish to be given the power to look on the beauty of the world without shying away.

Into My Own

by Robert Frost

Robert Frost’s ‘Into My Own’ explores the concepts of maturity and growing up. The poet delves into the exploration of childhood and self.

Love Among the Ruins

by Robert Browning

‘Love Among the Ruins’ by Robert Browning is a Victorian, dramatic poem that uses the metaphor of a destroyed city to speak on love and nature. 

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