A rainy day can be dreary or it can be a welcomed change in the weather. Poets can offer both perspectives. Here is a curated collection of rain poetry and quotes from our editors.
Rain Quotes and Rain Poems
- "Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams." - Horsea Ballou
- "The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read." - Benjamin Franklin
- "With hey, ho, the wind and the rain- Must make content with his fortunes fit, For the rain it raineth every day. ." - King Lear - William Shakespeare
- "On me, like the rain in Autumn On the dead leaves, cold and fast."- "The Village Street" - Edgar Allan Poe
- "and the rain went rollin down the windowpanes, and the shadows wiggled n' squiggled on her check and forehead like black veins." - Dolores Claiborne - Stephen King
- "It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I am not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't." - A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
- "Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." - John Updike
- "Today is the first of August. It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: 'After a heavy rainfall, poems titled 'Rain' pour in from across the nation." - The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath - Sylvia Plath
- "The Rainy Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfello
This rain poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contains the lines: "The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; It rains, and the wind is never weary;"
- "Spring Storm" by William Carlos Williams
This rainstorm poem contains the lines: "But water, water from a thousand runnels! It collects swiftly, dappled with black"
- "Rain" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a very short poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson: "The Rain is raining all around, It falls on field and tree, It rains on the umbrellas here. And on the ships at sea."
- "Rain in Summer" by Henry Wadsworth Longfello
This Longfellow rain poem contains the lines: "How beautiful is the rain! How it clatters along the roofs, Like the tramp of hoofs How it gushes and struggles out."
- "Like Rain it sounded till it curved" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's rain poem begins:
"Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then I new 'twas Wind --
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as sand --"
- "Rain Poem" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's rain poem begins:
"A drop fell on the apple tree
Another on the roof;
A half a dozen kissed the eaves,
And made the gables laugh."
- "The Rain" by William Henry Davies
Davies' upbeat rain poem includes the lines: "Drop after drop; 'Tis a sweet noise to hear These green leaves drinking near."
- "A Drop Fell On The Apple Tree" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's poem begins with the lines:
"A Drop fell on the Apple Tree -
Another - on the Roof -
A Half a Dozen kissed the Eaves -
And made the Gables laugh -"