Poems About Food

Delicious food is certainly something people can feel poetic about. Poets have written many poems about eating, dining, collecting berries and favorite meals. Here are some food poems from famous poets.
  • "Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors." - The Color Purple - Alice Walker

  • "Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour." - Richard II - William Shakespeare

  • "Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant." - Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • "Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One must eat muffins quite calmly, it is the only way to eat them." - Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

  • "Frying chicken always makes me feel a little better about life." - The Help - Kathryn Stockett

  • "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf

  • "Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." - Erma Bombeck

  • "Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes." - Three Guiness - Virginia Woolf

  • "A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe." - Julia Child

  • "Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It's all about the memories." - Buddy Valastro

    Food Poems

    • "Blueberries" by Robert Frost
      Frost's ode to blueberries contains the lines:
      "Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
      Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
      In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
      And all ripe together, not some of them green"

    • "The Pumpkin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
      Whittier's 19th century poem about pumpkins discusses both eating and carving pumpkins. It contains the lines:
      "Then thanks for thy present! none sweeter or better
      E’er smoked from an oven or circled a platter!
      Fairer hands never wrought at a pastry more fine,
      Brighter eyes never watched o’er its baking, than thine!"

    • "Figs" by David H. Lawrence
      Lawrence's fig poem begins:
      "The proper way to eat a fig, in society,
      Is to split it in four, holding it by the stump,
      And open it, so that it is a glittering, rosy, moist, honied, heavy-petalled four-petalled flower."

    • "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" by Wallace Stevens
      Stevens' ice cream poem begins:
      "Call the roller of big cigars,
      The muscular one, and bid him whip
      In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
      Let the wenches dawdle in such dress"

    • "Ode To The Onion" by Pablo Neruda
      Neruda's onion poem begins:
      "Onion,
      luminous flask,
      your beauty formed
      petal by petal,

    • "The Salad" by Virgil
      Virgil's salad poem contains the lines:
      "Rinsed and disposed within the hollow stone;
      Salt added, and a lump of salted cheese,
      With his injected herbs he covered these,"

    • "Blackberrying" by Sylvia Plath
      Plath's blackberries poem contains the lines:
      "Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries,
      Blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly,
      A blackberry alley, going down in hooks, and a sea
      Somewhere at the end of it, heaving. Blackberries

    • "Fame is a Fickle Food" by Emily Dickinson
      Dickinson's poem begins:
      "Fame is a fickle food
      Upon a shifting plate
      Whose table once a
      Guest but not
      The second time is set."

    • "This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams
      Williams' funny poem begins:
      "I have eaten
      the plums
      that were in
      the icebox

    • "The Walrus and the Baker's Man" by Lewis Carroll
      Carroll's poem begins:
      "A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
      Is what we chiefly need:
      Pepper and vinegar besides
      Are very good indeed-

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