Poems about Winter

Snowfall in the Afternoon by Robert Bly

‘Snowfall in the Afternoon’ by Robert Bly is an interesting and multilayered poem. It uses natural imagery to describe a particular view of the world. 

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Snowflake by William Baer

‘Snowflake,’ a sonnet by William Baer, beautifully captures the journey of a flake of snow from being a vapor to landing on a girl’s “unkissed lips.”

Snowflake by William Baer Visual Representation

Aviation by Alice Fulton

‘Aviation’ by Alice Fulton is a poem about a single speaker’s highly relatable feelings of isolation in her small town. She sees herself as separate and alienated from those around her.

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A Dirge by Christina Rossetti

‘A Dirge’ by Christina Rossetti is a thoughtful and moving poem about death. It speaks on the birth and death of an important person in the speaker’s life.

A Dirge by Christina Rossetti 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

Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter by Robert Bly

Robert Bly’s ‘Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter’ is about a speaker who meditates upon snowy nature while driving to a town to mail his letter. It is filled with rich imagery and striking symbolism.

Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter by Robert Bly Visual Representation

Winter-Time by Robert Louis Stevenson

‘Winter-Time’ by Robert Louis Stevenson depicts the winter season from a child’s perspective. His imagination comes through clearly in his depictions of what all there is to see and experience, negative and positive. 

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After the Winter by Claude McKay

‘After the Winter’ by Claude McKay is a thoughtful and beautiful poem. Its speaker looks towards the future and considers the ideal life he’ll live with his partner.

After the Winter by Claude McKay Visual Representation

Another Reluctance by Annie Finch

‘Another Reluctance’ by Annie Finch is a beautiful short poem about a childhood experience. The speaker describes waiting for and watching chestnuts fall.

another reluctance by annie finch

Reluctance by Robert Frost

‘Reluctance’ by Robert Frost is a powerful and thoughtful poem. It depicts the changing seasons and what it’s like to push back against winter.

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To Winter by Claude McKay

‘To Winter’ by Claude McKay is a love letter to the cold winter months. The narrator of the poem laments the arrival of spring, as it means the winter has ended.

To Winter by Claude McKay Visual Representation

The Visionary by Emily Brontë

‘The Visionary’ by Emily Brontë describes the imminent arrival of an undefined, spirit-like presence to a house in the middle of winter. 

Old Song by Edward FitzGerald

‘Old Song’ by Edward FitzGerald describes a speaker depression over the long weeks of winter, and eventual joy over the coming spring. 

To a Mouse by Robert Burns

‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns describes the unfortunate situation of a mouse whose home was destroyed by the winter winds. 

Journey of the Magi by T.S. Eliot

Journey of the Magi’ by T.S. Eliot describes the terrible conditions through which the Magi traversed to meet the Christ child. 

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. 

The Dying Child by John Clare

‘The Dying Child’ describes a child who is unable to die during springtime but unfortunately, whose circumstances change when winter comes.

Winter by Walter de la Mare

‘Winter’ by Walter de la Mare tells of the stark beauty of the winter months and how the constellations look down upon the cold earth.

Winter by Anne Hunter

‘Winter’ by Anne Hunter cleverly personifies winter as a “tyrant” who has complete control over those most in need.

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