Poems about Mornings

Piazza di Spagna, Early Morning by Richard Wilbur

Published in Wilbur’s award-winning collection Things of This World (1956), ‘Piazza di Spagna, Early Morning’ is about a girl dancing on a serene, lonely morning at the famous Spanish square.

Piazza di Spagna, Early Morning by Richard Wilbur Visual Representation

Waking from Sleep by Robert Bly

Robert Bly’s ‘Waking from Sleep’ is a symbolic poem about the awakening from the deep slumber of ignorance and thralldom. It evokes the imagery of a “harbor at dawn” in order to present this theme.

Waking from Sleep by Robert Bly Visual Representation

Here we go round the mulberry bush

‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ was first recorded in the mid-nineteenth century by James Orchard Halliwell. It was noted, as a great deal of nursery rhymes were, as a children’s game.

here we go round the mulberry bush

Woman’s Constancy by John Donne

‘Woman’s Constancy’ by John Donne contains a speaker’s doubts that his lover of one night will remain true to him in the morning. 

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

‘The Spider and the Fly’ by Mary Howitt describes the entrapment of a silly fly who gives into her own vanity and loses her life to a cunning spider. 

Artist’s Life by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘Artist’s Life’ by Ella Wheeler Wilcox describes the personal and emotional connection a speaker has to Strauss’ composition, Artist’s Life. 

Magdalen Walks by Oscar Wilde

‘Magdalen Walks’ by Oscar Wilde describes the coming of spring and the vibrant, continually moving elements which herald its arrival. 

Tall Ambrosia by Henry David Thoreau

’Tall Ambrosia’ by Henry David Thoreau is a beautiful depiction of the joy one can take from the natural world, specifically in a field of ambrosia.

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.

London Snow by Robert Bridges

‘London Snow’ by Robert Bridges describes an early morning snowfall in London and the reactions of those who walk within it. 

Translation by Anne Spencer

“Translation” describes a spiritual journey undertaken by the speaker and her companion. She wonders at the transcence they encounter.

Morning Land by George Essex Evans

‘Morning Land’ by George Essex Evans describes the trials and hardships associated with reaching a new land, as well as the new hopes and dreams that can be achieved after one scales all obstacles.

My Fancy by Lewis Carroll

‘My Fancy’ by Lewis Carroll is a poem where confusion and exaggeration are offered to show a distinct variation between expectation and reality.

Life 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.

Thatcher by Seamus Heaney

The speaker describes the intricate work of a ‘Thatcher’ from the perspective of a child. We feel a sense of wonder and awe at the tradesman’s skill.

Morning at the Window by T.S. Eliot

‘Morning at the Window’ by T. S. Eliot depicts the impressions of the lyrical voice as he looks outside his window and observes the streets.

Nurse’s Song by William Blake

The poem ‘Nurse’s Song’ is a description of an unpretentious encounter between a nurse and a group of children who are playing on a hill.

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