Poems about Birds

The Writer by Richard Wilbur

‘The Writer’ by Richard Wilbur depicts a father watching his daughter create her first piece of writing. The poet uses clever and creative examples of figurative language in order to depict the struggle new and experienced writers go through. 

Life's Tragedy by Paul Laurence Dunbar Visual Representation

The Harvest Moon by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘The Harvest Moon’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow describes the way that the light of the harvest moon touches everything. It is an indication that fall is here and that winter is on its way. 

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One For Sorrow

‘One For Sorrow’ it’s an old English nursery rhyme that playfully interprets magpies (a type of bird) as signs of the future. 

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Love on the Farm by D.H. Lawrence

‘Love on the Farm’ by D.H. Lawrence is a poem about the universality of love, passion, and death. Lawrence depicts these elements through the various lives observable on a farm.

Love on the Farm by D.H. Lawrence Visual Representation

Swan in Falling Snow by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov’s poem ‘Swan in Falling Snow’ is about a speaker’s discovery of a swan’s frozen body. His sad feeling for the creature is portrayed in this poem.

Swan in Falling Snow by Denise Levertov Visual Representation

Crows in a Strong Wind by Cornelius Eady

‘Crows in a Strong Wind’ appears in the American poet Cornelius Eady’s poetry collection Victims of Latest Dance Craze. This piece captures the crows’ directionless movement in the stormy wind.

Crows in a Strong Wind by Cornelius Eady Visual Representation

Madonna Mia by Oscar Wilde

‘Madonna Mia’ by Oscar Wilde is a beautiful and interesting poem. In it, the speaker describes a “lily-girl.” 

Madonna Mia by Oscar Wilde Visual Representation

The North Wind Doth Blow

‘The North Wind Doth Blow,’ also sometimes known as ‘The Robin,’ is a short English nursery rhyme that may date as far back as 16th century England.

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Eagle Poem by Joy Harjo

Have you ever wondered how graciously an eagle floats in the sky by making circular movements? In ‘Eagle Poem,’ Joy Harjo depicts how it is similar to the cycle of life.

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Sonnet 102 by William Shakespeare

Read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 102, ‘My love is strengthen’d, though more weak in seeming,’ with a summary and complete analysis of the poem.

Wild Swans by Edna St. Vincent Millay

‘Wild Swans’ by Edna St. Vincent Millay tells of a speaker’s desperation to get out of her current physical and emotional space and find a bird-like freedom. 

Orinda to Lucasia by Katherine Philips

‘Orinda to Lucasia’ by Katherine Philips describes the importance and intensity of the relationship she holds with her close friend, Anne Owens. 

Of Mere Being by Wallace Stevens

‘Of Mere Being’ by Wallace Stevens describes the world beyond one’s last thought and speaks to the elemental purity of existence. 

Hadedah by Adam Schwartzman

‘Hadedah’ by Adam Schwartzman is an original poem in which the speaker uses animal imagery, specifically that of an ibis, to talk about complex subjects like the South African political climate.

A Woman’s Last Word by Robert Browning

‘A Woman’s Last Word’ by Robert Browning is made up of a wife’s request to her husband that they stop arguing for the night and enter into a peaceful sleep. 

Sea Fevers by Agnes Wathall

‘Sea Fevers’ by Agnes Wathall is a thoughtful poem that uses sea-related imagery. With it, the poet depicts her speaker’s seclusion and emotions.

Song of the Flower by Kahlil Gibran

‘Song of the Flower’ by Khalil Gibran describes what the life of a flower involves, from sunrises and weddings to perpetual optimism. 

Squall by Leonora Speyer

‘Squall’ by Leonora Speyer describes the progress of a powerful storm, or squall, that drenches a wooded landscape and the peace which follows.

The Swan by John Gould Fletcher

‘The Swan’ by John Gould Fletcher describes the movements of a swan within a body of water and a speaker’s desire to escape his life. 

Mad Song by William Blake

‘Mad Song’ by William Blake describes the intense madness a speaker feels and the frantic pain that accompanies the dawning of a new day.

The Redbreast by Charlotte Richardson

‘The Redbreast’ by Charlotte Richardson describes the short and tragic life of a robin redbreast who sought out refuge at the speaker’s home.

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