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 quotes and winter poetry to inspire you. Visit the poetry section to find more poems.
Winter Quotes and Poems
- "Winter is Coming..." - This is the motto of House Stark in Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's series. - George R.R. Martin
- "Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind As man's ingratitude; ." - As You Like It - William Shakespeare
- "This day we found ourselves completely hemmed in by the ice, and our prospects looked cheerless indeed. A strong gale blew, during the whole forenoon, from the northeast, and drove
large cakes of the drift against the rudder and counter with such violence that we all trembled for the consequences." The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym - Edgar Allan Poe
- "October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces." - Harry Potter and the Orders of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
- "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." - Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
- "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." - Travels with Charley: In Search of America - John Steinbeck
- "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."