Hatred Poems

Poems about hatred delve into the darker aspects of human emotions and explore hatred’s destructive power and consequences.

These poems often examine the causes and manifestations of hatred, such as prejudice, discrimination, or personal grievances. They may depict the intense emotions accompanying hatred, including anger, resentment, and bitterness.

Poems about hatred can also explore its impact on individuals, relationships, and society. Through imagery and poignant language, these poems shed light on the dangers of hatred, the need for empathy and understanding, and the potential for healing and reconciliation. 

The Portrait

by Stanley Kunitz

‘The Portrait’ by Stanley Kunitz is a sad poem about the speaker’s ill-fated attempt to learn more about their deceased father.

The intensity of the mother's anger could be viewed as a deep hatred that's evolved out of the grief she initially felt. This is made all the more clear when she slaps the speaker for bringing out their father's portrait, a cruel act inflicted on her child in place of the father.

My mother never forgave my father

for killing himself,

especially at such an awkward time

and in a public park,

The Snowman on the Moor

by Sylvia Plath

‘The Snowman on the Moor’ explores the turbulent and abusive relationship between the speaker (presumably Plath herself) and her male spouse.

The speaker of the poem not only clearly hates her abusive partner but also how she feels about herself in relation to him. Logically, she should have been free after defeating the metaphorical Giant, yet she returns to him, having accepted the inevitability of yet another battle.

Stalemated their armies stood, with tottering banners:

She flung from a room

Still ringing with bruit of insults and dishonors

The Wound

by Ruth Stone

‘The Wound’ by Ruth Stone describes with unflinching detail the harmful ways in which some words can inflict lasting hurt.

It might be too ambiguous to call the emotion behind the words that cause the speaker's wound hateful, but there is evidence that they are spoken to cause intentional harm. Stone's choice of diction and imagery somewhat implies there is some vitriol behind the words themselves. Especially in the way the wound itself is described as this acid that burns them and changes them.

The shock comes slowly

as an afterthought.

First you hear the words

and they are like all other words,


by Walt Whitman

‘1861’ by Walt Whitman is a moving Civil War poem written from the perspective of a soldier. He details the difficulty of a particular year. 

No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you,

terrible year!

Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisp-

ing cadenzas piano;

3 November 1984

by Sujata Bhatt

In ‘3 November 1984,’ Indian-English poet Sujata Bhatt shows how history plays a vital role in the process of writing poetry, and their interconnectedness.

I won’t buy

The New York Times today.

I can’t. I’m sorry.

But when I walk into the bookstore

Amethyst Beads

by Eavan Boland

‘Amethyst Beads’ by Eavan Boland alludes to Greek mythology and the suffering of a child, Persephone, after she was separated from her mother, Demeter.

Elegy VII: Nature’s lay idiot, I taught thee to love

by John Donne

‘Elegy VII’ by John Donne, also known as ‘Nature’s lay idiot, I taught thee to love,’ is a typical piece about unrequited love.

Nature’s lay idiot, I taught thee to love,

And in that sophistry, oh, thou dost prove

Too subtle: Fool, thou didst not understand

The mystic language of the eye nor hand:

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by Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Havisham’ is a response to Charles Dickens’s portrayal of the character Miss Havisham in his famous novel Great Expectations. This poem refers to the character as “Havisham” rather than “Miss Havisham.”

Beloved sweetheart bastard. Not a day since then

I haven’t wished him dead. Prayed for it

so hard I’ve dark green pebbles for eyes,

ropes on the back of my hands I could strangle with.

Indeed, Indeed I Cannot Tell

by Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau’s ‘Indeed, Indeed I cannot Tell’ was written about Ellen Sewall. This piece manages to relate with almost every living human being and communicates a feeling that is familiar for many.

Porphyria’s Lover

by Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s poem, ‘Porphyria’s Lover,’ opens up with a classic setting of a stormy evening. It is a story of a deranged and lovesick man.

The rain set early in to-night,

The sullen wind was soon awake,

It tore the elm-tops down for spite,

And did its worst to vex the lake:

The People of the Other Village

by Thomas Lux

‘The People of the Other Village’ is a satire of how one group of people hates the other one. It appears in Thomas Lux’s collection of poetry, Split Horizon (1994).

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