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5 Great Nature Poets You Should Definitely Read This National Poetry Month

Apr 10, 2016 07:21 AM EDT
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April is here--and it's the National Poetry Month. Perhaps, it's time to get back to that poem you have always loved.

Poetry has always fascinated and provoked readers to think and understand the world in a deeper way. May nature lovers have used poetry to connect with what they experience every time they step out into the open.

Here's a list of some of the most amazing nature poets and extracts from their poems inspired by ourbeautiful Earth.

ROBERT FROST

One among the most known and appreciated nature poets is Robert Frost. His works connected everyday life to nature. These lines from the poem, "The Road Not Taken" is one of the most celebrated lines of English poetry.

"Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I--I took the one less traveled by."

ALFRED LORD TENNYSON

Tennyson was a Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during the reign of Queen Victoria. His poems use references of nature to describe more philosophical themes. He had a deep interest in reforming the society and tried to convey his desire through his poetry.

The following lines are from "Ulysses."

"Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me--
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads-you and I are old."

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Wordsworth is one of the most famous poems of the Romantic era. He used nature to bring about elements of nostalgia and admiration. He connected with nature in a deeper yet simple manner. He works speak about good old memories that he cherished and connects them with the environment. One such poem is titled, "To A Butterfly."

"The time, when, in our childish plays,

My sister Emmeline and I

Together chased the butterfly!"

P. B. SHELLY

Unlike many other nature poets, Shelly used nature to describe deeper things like the society and man's inner thoughts. His poetry had a deep metaphysical meaning. Nature was described in a more mystic and sacred manner in his works.

These lines are from "Ode To The West Wind."

"The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,

Each like a corpse within its grave, until

Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow"

JOHN KEATS

Keats is one of the poets who provoked you to imagine his descriptions of nature. Though his poems focused on the environment, they brought about a melancholic and sober tone to his work, which in fact was a reflection of the struggles in his life.

"Ode on a Grecian Urn" is one of his most famous poems.

"A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:

What leaf-fringed legend haunts about thy shape

Of deities or mortals, or of both."

What are some of your favorite nature-related and -inspired poems? Let us know and share it in the comments!

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