Birds with their ability to fly, lovely coloration and beautiful songs have long inspired poets and writers. Below is a collection of interesting bird poems written by famous poets. We also have a collection of great bird quotes.
- "The Nightingale" by Sir Philip Sidney
This poem was written in the 16th century. It contains the lines: "While late bare earth, proud of new clothing, springeth, Sings out her woes, a thorn her song-book making, "
- "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats
Keat's Nightingale poem contains the lines: "Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird! No hungry generations tread thee down; The voice I hear this passing night was heard "
- "Song of the Owl" by Henry Wadsworth Longfello
Keat's Nightingale poem contains the lines: "The owl Au The great black Owl"
- "Each and All" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson's poem contains the lines: "I thought the sparrow's note from heaven, Singing at dawn on the alder bough; I brought him home, in his nest, at even; He sings the song, but it pleases not now,"
- "She Sights a Bird" by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's poem about a cat hunting a bird contains the lines:
"Her Jaws stir — twitching — hungry —
Her Teeth can hardly stand —
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first —"
- "To a Skylark" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Shelley's poem contains the lines:
"Higher still and higher
From the earth thou springest
Like a cloud of fire;
The blue deep thou wingest, "
- "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Dunbar's famous poem begins with the lines: "I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;"
- "Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens" by Jack Prelutsky
Prelutsky's poem contains the lines: "there were chickens everywhere, they were standing on my stomach, they were nesting in my hair,"
- "The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tennyson's poem contains the lines: "The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, "
- "The Dalliance of the Eagles" by Walt Whitman
Whitman's poem contains the lines: "The clinching interlocking claws, a living, fierce, gyrating wheel, Four beating wings, two beaks, a swirling mass tight grappling, "
- "The Birds" by William Blake
Blake's poem contains the lines: "Where thou thy charming nest dost build, O thou pride of every field!"
- "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
Poe's classic horrror poem begins, "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary."