Birds with their ability to fly, lovely coloration and beautiful songs have long inspired poets and writers. He is a collection of interesting bird quotes and bird poems.
Bird Poems and Quotes
- "The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings." - The Little White Bird - J.M. Barrie
- "God gave a loaf to every bird, But just a crumb to me." - "Part One: Life" - Emily Dickinson
- "If we cannot sing of faith and triumph, we will sing our despair. We will be that kind of bird. There are day owls, and there are night owls, and each is beautiful and even musical while about its business." - from a letter - Henry David Thoreau
- "But flies an eagle flight, bold and forth on, Leaving no tract behind." - Timon of Athens - Act 1, Scene 1. - William Shakespeare
- "Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild." - Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King
- "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."