Rain Poems

Poems about rain capture the essence of this natural phenomenon in lyrical language. They evoke emotions, from tranquility to melancholy, as rain is often seen as a symbol of renewal or sorrow.

These verses may celebrate the beauty of the rain on the earth, the scent of wet soil, and the sense of comfort it brings. Rain poems can also explore their metaphorical significance, representing cleansing, rebirth, or the passing of time.

A drop fell on the apple tree

by Emily Dickinson

‘A drop fell on the apple tree’ by Emily Dickinson is filled with joy. It describes, with Dickinson’s classic skill, images of the summer season and how a storm can influence it.

The poem contains some of the most mesmerising descriptions of rain ever written. The detail paid to a single drop, using her iconic imagery, marks this poem out as one of the finest on the subject. The comparison to the precious stones found in necklaces emphasises her view that we all ought to pay more respect to rainfall.

A drop fell on the apple tree

Another on the roof;

A half a dozen kissed the eaves,

And made the gables laugh.

First winter rain

by Matsuo Bashō

‘First winter rain’ by Matsuo Basho speaks about the related experiences between humans and animals in the form of a haiku poem.

Rain serves as a catalyst in the poem, representing both a natural phenomenon and a metaphor for life's struggles. The rain elicits a response from the monkey, highlighting the impact of external circumstances on our well-being. Rain also symbolizes adversity, but it can bring growth and renewal.

First winter rain—

even the monkey

seems to want a raincoat.

The Way Through the Woods

by Rudyard Kipling

‘The Way through the Woods’ by Rudyard Kipling explores the hidden depths of a forgotten road, once traversed but now concealed beneath the resurgent power of the natural world.

The rain is one of the natural elements mentioned in this poem, seen through the poet's depiction of how nature has retaken a specific road. It's depicted as destructive but also as restorative. It helps to bring this area back to how it is meant to look.

They shut the road through the woods

      Seventy years ago.

Weather and rain have undone it again,

      And now you would never know

There was once a road through the woods

In the twilight rain

by Matsuo Bashō

‘In the twilight rain’ by Matsuo Bashō is a beautiful 3-line haiku that juxtaposes an evening rain with a bright hibiscus flower. 

The rain imagery in this poem is brief but important. It emphasizes the transience and fleeting nature of beauty and the importance of finding beauty and solace in even the most somber and reflective moments. It also provides a great contrast for the hibiscus flower in the second line.

In the twilight rain

these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .

A lovely sunset

Little Boy Crying

by Mervyn Morris

‘Little Boy Crying’ by Mervynn Morris describes the emotions of a child who is struck by his father for playing in the rain. 

The poem's final line serves as a metaphor for the lessons the father is trying to teach his son. The rain represents the adversity and challenges the child will face and the importance of learning to navigate and respect them.

Your mouth contorting in brief spite and hurt,

your laughter metamorphosed into howls,

your frame so recently relaxed now tight

with three year old frustration, your bright eyes

The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ by William Carlos Williams depicts, in very simple language, a red wheelbarrow outside in the rain.

Rain is referenced in the poem as a reminder of the power and beauty of nature. The image of rain falling on the wheelbarrow suggests the cycle of life and growth, and the importance of water to sustain life. Through this image, Williams encourages readers to appreciate the natural world and the role it plays in our lives.

so much depends upon a red wheel barrow  

A Late Walk

by Robert Frost

‘A Late Walk’ by Robert Frost references the idea that sometimes it really is too late in the year to walk around outside. There, one will find dying plants, hibernating animals, and an unavoidable cold.

When I go up through the mowing field,

     The headless aftermath,

Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,

     Half closes the garden path.

And Soul

by Eavan Boland

‘And Soul’ by Eavan Boland is a poem about death and a body’s dissolution into the elements that it is made up of. The poet emphasizes the connection between a human being made nearly entirely of water and a city that’s drenched by a particularly rainy summer season. 

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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.

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.

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.

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,

And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry

There is more unmixed color on the wing

Dark August

by Derek Walcott

‘Dark August’ by Derek Walcott describes the dark life a speaker is forced to live when someone he depends on abandons him. 

Earth Voices

by Bliss Carman

‘Earth Voices’ by Bliss Carman is a clever poem that utilizes personification in order to convey the perspective of the sun, the wind, and the rain.


by Elinor Wylie

‘Escape’ by Elinor Wylie describes how the narrator will leave the lackluster world behind her and escape to a house of her own she has yet to build.


by Thomas Carlyle

’Fortuna’ by Thomas Carlyle describes how no single person can change the world, and that one must not mourn that which is beyond their ability to control. 

Good Timber

by Douglas Malloch

‘Good Timber’ by Douglas Malloch describes the way that trees of good timber and strong men are formed through hardship and struggle. 


by Hazel Hall

‘Hours’ by Hazel Hall describes how a speaker experinces hours which are like “cities,” “forbidden music” and “mellow” in tone.


by Charlotte Brontë

‘Life’ by Charlotte Brontë describes the overwhelming true merriment of life and dispels the images of life a dreary and dark dream to be suffered through.


by Don Paterson

‘Rain’ by Don Paterson describes the way that rain acts as an equalizing force capable of washing away one’s concern for the past. 

Some Rainbow – coming from the Fair!

by Emily Dickinson

‘Some rainbow – coming from the Fair!’ by Emily Dickinson delves into themes of spring, change, and rebirth. The poet depicts how the world changes when spring arrives.

Some Rainbow – coming from the Fair!

Some Vision of the World Cashmere –

I confidently see!

Or else a Peacock's purple Train


by Sylvia Plath

‘Stings’ by Sylvia Plath is a complex poem that uses bees as a metaphor. It describes the changes a speaker goes through as she considers the role of a queen bee in a hive.

Bare-handed, I hand the combs.

The man in white smiles, bare-handed,

Our cheesecloth gauntlets neat and sweet,

The throats of our wrists brave lilies.

Tears Fall in My Heart

by Paul Verlaine

‘Tears Fall in My Heart’ by Paul Verlaine describes the emotional condition of a speaker who does not understand why he is feeling unhappy. 

The Cloud

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I wield the flail of the lashing hail,

And whiten the green plains under,

And then again I dissolve it in rain,

And laugh as I pass in thunder.

The Day is Done

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘The Day is Done’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes a speaker’s desire to have his night improved with the work of a passionate poet. 

The day is done, and the darkness

      Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

      From an eagle in his flight.

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