Flower Poems

Flowers are one of the most beautiful aspects of nature. Poets have often written of the mesmerizing beauty of flowers. Here is a collection of flower poems from famous poets.
  • "At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; But like of each thing that in season grows." - Love's Labour Lost - William Shakespeare

  • "I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine." - A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare

  • "Butterflies are not insects. They are self-propelled flowers." - The Cat Who Walks Through Walls - Robert Heinlein

  • "Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose." - John Milton

  • "Earth laughs in flowers" - "Hamatreya" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Flower Poems

    • "The Violet" by Jane Taylor
      Taylor's 19th century poem begins:
      "Down in a green and shady bed
      A modest violet grew;
      Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
      As if to hide from view."

    • "The Wild Honeysuckle" by Philip Freneau
      Frenau's honeysuckle poem begins:
      "Fair flower, that dost so comely grow,
      Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
      Untouched thy honied blossoms blow,
      Unseen thy little branches greet: "

    • "The Star And The Water Lily" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
      Holmes's poem contains the lines:
      "The Rose is cooling his burning cheek
      In the lap of the breathless tide; —
      The Lily hath sisters fresh and fair,
      That would lie by the Rose's side;"

    • "May-Flower" by Emily Dickinson
      Dickinson's poem begins:
      "Pink, small, and punctual,
      Aromatic, low,
      Covert in April,
      Candid in May, "

    • "The Lily of the Valley" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
      Dunbar's poem begins:
      "Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming
      In the fragrant vernal days
      Is the Lily of the Valley
      With its soft, retiring ways."

    • "The First Rose of Summer" by Oliver Herford
      Herford's poem contains the lines:
      "Soon the little rosebud
      Saw to her surprise
      Other rosebuds opening,
      So she dried her eyes."

    • "Daffodil Gold" by Clinton Scollard
      Scollard's poem contains the lines:
      "Gold of the daffodil, born
      In the bright mines of the morn,
      Gold of the daffodil, spun
      On the warm loom of the sun,"

    • "The First Rose of Summer" by Robert Gilfillan
      Gilfillan's poem contains the lines:
      "Oh! why, lovely stranger! thus early in bloom,
      Art thou here to assure us that summer is come?
      The primrose and harebell appear with the spring,
      But tidings of summer the young roses bring."

    • "The Flower" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
      Tennsyon's poem begins with the lines:
      "Once in a golden hour
      I cast to earth a seed.
      Up there came a flower,
      The people said, a weed."

    • "The flower that smiles to-day" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
      Shelley's poem begins with the lines:
      "The flower that smiles to-day
      To-morrow dies;
      All that we wish to stay
      Tempts and then flies. "

    • "Tulips" by Sylvia Plath
      Plath's poem contains the lines:
      "The tulips are too red in the first place, they hurt me.
      Even through the gift paper I could hear them breathe
      Lightly, through their white swaddlings, like an awful baby.
      Their redness talks to my wound, it corresponds."

    • "The Faded Flower" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Coleridge's poem starts with the lines:
      "Ungrateful he, who pluck'd thee from thy stalk,
      Poor faded flow'ret! on his careless way;
      Inhal'd awhile thy odours on his walk,
      Then onward pass'd and left thee to decay.

    • "The Flower-School" by Rabindranath Tagore
      Tagore's poem contains the lines:
      "Then crowds of flowers come out of a sudden, from nobody knows
      where, and dance upon the grass in wild glee.
      Mother, I really think the flowers go to school underground."

    • "A Red Flower" by Claude McKay
      McKay's flower poem contains the lines:
      "Your lips are the red symbol of a dream.
      What visions of warm lilies they impart,
      That line the green bank of a fair blue stream,
      With butterflies and bees close to each heart!"

    You can find more poems in our Poems section