“Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.” ― Dennis Gabor
This Poet’s Day, celebrate those who fill our lives with beautiful and poignant words. Acknowledge and appreciate the wonder that flows from the tip of their pens and makes way into our hearts.
Below are some of the most beautiful lines from poetry that move you, and that remain with you for days to come.
1. Shall I compare thee to a summers day (Sonnet 18), William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
2. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
3. Trees, Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
4. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
5. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils
6. If, Rudyard Kipling
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
7. How Do I Love Thee?, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
8. Ode to Autumn, John Keats
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run
9. If You Think You are Beaten, Walter D. Wintle
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.
10. The Children’s Hour, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Between the dark and the daylight.
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day’s occupations.
That is known as the Children’s Hour.