20 Summer Poems By Famous Poets You May Wanna Read

by Amy
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Summer, with its warm embrace and vibrant colors, has long been a muse for poets seeking to capture its essence in words. From the joyous laughter of children playing in the sun to the serene beauty of a sunset over the ocean, summer evokes a range of emotions that inspire creativity. In this article, we will delve into 20 summer poems by renowned poets, each offering a unique perspective on the season’s allure.

1. William Wordsworth – “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”

Wordsworth’s poem reflects on the beauty of nature, including the sights and sounds of summer. His vivid descriptions of the landscape and the passage of time evoke a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the season’s fleeting beauty.


Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
Which on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

2. Emily Dickinson – “The Gentian weaves her fringes”

In this poem, Dickinson celebrates the gentian flower, which blooms in the late summer. Her imagery and attention to detail capture the delicate beauty of nature during this time of year.


The Gentian weaves her fringes—
The Maple’s loom is red—
My departing blossoms
Obviate parade.

3. Robert Frost – “A Late Walk”

Frost’s poem explores the quiet moments of summer evenings, when the world seems to slow down and nature takes center stage. His contemplative tone invites readers to appreciate the simplicity of summer’s pleasures.


When I go up through the mowing field,
The headless aftermath,
Smooth-laid like thatch with the heavy dew,
Half closes the garden path.

4. Langston Hughes – “Summer Night”

Hughes’ poem captures the vibrant energy of summer nights, filled with music, laughter, and the sounds of nature. His use of rhythm and imagery creates a lively and evocative portrait of summer’s magic.


Barefoot now, and laughing
In the sun’s bright rays,
While the birds are busy trying
To outdo us in their plays.

5. Sylvia Plath – “Blackberrying”

In “Blackberrying,” Plath explores the experience of picking blackberries in late summer. Her rich descriptions and introspective tone reveal the deeper emotions and memories associated with this simple activity.


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

6. Walt Whitman – “I Hear America Singing”

Whitman’s poem celebrates the diversity and vitality of American life, including the joys of summer. His use of free verse and expansive imagery captures the spirit of optimism and possibility that the season brings.


I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

7. John Keats – “To Autumn”

While not strictly a summer poem, Keats’ ode to autumn reflects on the transition from summer to fall. His descriptions of nature’s bounty and the passage of time evoke a sense of melancholy and beauty.


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-eves run;

8. Mary Oliver – “The Summer Day”

Oliver’s poem contemplates the meaning of life and the importance of paying attention to the world around us. Her exploration of nature’s wonders, including the fleeting beauty of summer, is both introspective and awe-inspiring.


Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—

9. Pablo Neruda – “Ode to the Summer”

Neruda’s ode celebrates the joys of summer, including the warmth of the sun, the abundance of nature, and the freedom of leisure. His passionate language and vivid imagery capture the essence of the season’s vitality.


And when we were thirsty
We drank up the ocean,
Salt and foam and gold,
From its green-skirted bowls,

10. E.E. Cummings – “in Just-“

Cummings’ playful poem captures the innocence and exuberance of childhood during summer. His use of unconventional punctuation and wordplay adds to the whimsical charm of the poem.


In Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

11. Christina Rossetti – “Summer”

Rossetti’s poem reflects on the beauty of summer, from the blooming flowers to the warm sunshine. Her lyrical language and imagery evoke a sense of wonder and appreciation for the season’s gifts.


Winter is cold-hearted,
Spring is yea and nay,
Autumn is a weathercock
Blown every way:
Summer days for me
When every leaf is on its tree;

12. William Carlos Williams – “The Locust Tree in Flower”

Williams’ poem celebrates the beauty of nature in summer, focusing on the blooming locust tree. His vivid descriptions and attention to detail create a sensory experience for the reader.



13. Seamus Heaney – “Death of a Naturalist”

Heaney’s poem reflects on the transition from childhood innocence to awareness of the natural world, including the sights and sounds of summer. His imagery and language capture the bittersweetness of growing up.


All year the flax-dam festered in the heart
Of the townland; green and heavy headed
Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods.
Daily it sweltered in the punishing sun.

14. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – “The Summer Sun”

Browning’s poem celebrates the warmth and brightness of the summer sun, which brings life and vitality to the world. Her use of metaphor and imagery creates a vivid portrait of the season.


Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

15. Robert Louis Stevenson – “Summer Sun”

Stevenson’s poem reflects on the joy and freedom of summer, including outdoor adventures and playful activities. His nostalgic tone and descriptive language evoke memories of carefree days.


Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

16. William Blake – “The Blossom”

Blake’s poem celebrates the beauty of nature in summer, focusing on the blooming flowers and the cycle of life. His symbolic imagery and lyrical language create a sense of wonder and awe.


Merry, merry sparrow!
Under leaves so green
A happy blossom
Sees you, swift as arrow,
Seek your cradle narrow,
Near my bosom.

17. Amy Lowell – “Summer Rain”

Lowell’s poem captures the sensory experience of a summer rainstorm, from the sound of raindrops to the earthy scent of wet soil. Her vivid descriptions and use of imagery bring the scene to life.


The rain has ceased, and in my room
The sunshine pours an airy flood;
And on the church’s dizzy vane
The ancient cross is bathed in blood.

18. Derek Walcott – “The Sea is History”

Walcott’s poem reflects on the cultural and historical significance of the sea, including its role in shaping the Caribbean landscape. His lyrical language and evocative imagery create a powerful sense of place.


Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that gray vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.

19. Edna St. Vincent Millay – “Renascence”

Millay’s poem reflects on the themes of rebirth and renewal, which are often associated with the summer season. Her introspective tone and rich imagery invite readers to contemplate the deeper meanings of life.


The world stands out on either side
No wider than the heart is wide;
Above the world is stretched the sky,—
No higher than the soul is high.

20. Robert Burns – “A Red, Red Rose”

While not specifically about summer, Burns’ poem captures the timeless themes of love and longing, which are often associated with the warmth and passion of the season. His romantic language and heartfelt sentiments resonate with readers year-round.


O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

Each of these examples provides a glimpse into the rich tapestry of summer-themed poetry by renowned poets. From the beauty of nature to the complexities of human emotion, these poems capture the essence of summer in all its glory.

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