Dogs are loyal like no other animal. They have melted the hearts of a many a poet over the year. He is our curated collection of interesting dog quotes and dog poems from renowned poets.
Dog Poems and Dog Quotes
- "Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men; As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, Shoughs, water-rugs and demi-wolves, are clept All by the name of dogs: the valued file " - Henry V - William Shakespeare
- "The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." - Mark Twain
- "Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." - False Memory - Dean Koontz
- "Like some dogs: kick them once and they never trust you again, no matter how nice you are to them." - The Mouse on the Mile - Stephen King
- Koontz describes the human-dog bond as being "as close to a perfect relationship as you can have." - Dean Koontz
- "The last dog I had was an Irish wolfhound - now that is a dog. Rather spoils a person for a lesser canine, that is, anything under a hundredweight." - Laurie R. King
- "Know me, as does my dog: we sympathize; And, I affirm, my actions smack of the soil." - "Hamatreya" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "A Dog Has Died" by Pablo Neruda
Neruda's dog poem includes the lines:
"Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit."
- "Epitaph to a Dog" by Lord Byron
This poem was about Byron's dog Boatswain. It contains the lines: "But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend, The first to welcome, foremost to defend, Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own, Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,"
- "To The Memory of the Same Dog" by William Wordsworth
Wordsworth's poem contains the lines: "Extreme old age had wasted thee away, And left thee but a glimmering of the day; Thy ears were deaf, and feeble were thy knees,-- I saw thee stagger in the summer breeze,"
- "A Dog is a Dog" by T.S. Eliot
Eliot's poem begins:
"Now dogs pretend they like to fight;
They often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a Dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul."
- "Dog" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Ferlinghetti's poem called "Dog" contains the lines: "The dog trots freely in the street and the things he smells smell something like himself"
- "I'll Never Forget a Dog Named Beau" by Jimmy Stewart
Stewart's poem contains the lines: "And I pat his head And there are nights when I think I feel that stare And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair, But he's not there."
- "Old Dog Tray" by Stephen Collins Foster
Foster's dog poem contains the lines: "Old dog Tray's ever faithful, Grief cannot drive him away, He's gentle, he is kind;"
- "The Dog" by Ogden Nash
Nash's very short poem begins with the lines: "The truth I do not stretch or shove When I state that the dog is full of love."
- "Epitaph On Fop, A Dog Belonging To Lady Throckmorton" by William Cowper
Cowper's poem begins with the lines: " Though once a puppy, and though Fop by name, Here moulders one whose bones some honour claim; No sycophant, although of spaniel race,"
- "A little Dog that wags his tail" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's poem begins with the lines:
"A little Dog that wags his tail
And knows no other joy
Of such a little Dog am
I Reminded by a Boy"
- "Mother Doesn’t Want a Dog" by Judith Viorst
Viorst's poem contains the lines: "Mother doesn’t want a dog. Mother says they shed, And always let the strangers in And bark at friends instead,"
- "The Power of the Dog" by Rudyard Kipling
Kipling dog poem contains the line: "Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie— Perfect passion and worship fed"
- "To Flush, My Dog" by Elizabeth Barrett Brownin
Browing wrote this poem about her beloved dog named Flush. It contains the lines: "Like a lady's ringlets brown, Flow thy silken ears adown Either side demurely, "