The beautiful snow and ice, the extreme cold and harsh winter storms have inspired many poets and writers over the years. Here is a selection of winter poetry from renowned poets to inspire you.
- "A Winter's Tale" by Dylan Thomas
This Dylan Thomas poem contains the line:
"Parish of snow. The carved mouths in the rock are wind swept strings.."
- "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens
Wallace Stevens winter poem contains the lines: "To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter."
- "It sifts from Leaden Sieves" by Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson’s poem about describes the changing landscape:
"It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It deals Celestial Vail"
- "Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been" by William Shakespeare
This poem from Shakespeare includes the lines,
"What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness everywhere!"
- "Walking in Winter" by Sylvia Plath
Plath's winter poem contains the lines: "Winter dawn is the color of metal, The trees stiffen into place like burnt nerves."
- "To a Wreath of Snow" by Emily Bonte
Bronte's poem contains the lines: "But angel like, when I awoke, Thy silvery form, so soft and fair,"
- "A Christmas Carol" by Christina Rossetti
Rossetti's poem begins with the description of a tough winter:
"In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,"
- "On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm" by William Wordsworth
A poem about a snowstorm by William Wordsworth. It includes the line, "Of many a furious whirlblast sweeping by."
- "Snow" by Eliza Cook
This winter poems from Eliza Cook contains the lines, "A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow! Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!"
- "On Snow" by Jonathan Swift
This winter poem by Jonathan Swift contains the compelling lines, "I’m bright as an angel, and light as a feather, But heavy and dark, when you squeeze me together."