Garden Poetry: Poets & Verses inspired by Nature

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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an avid gardener and his family home, Rydal Mount, contained over 4 acres of gardens that he designed. Much of his poetry was inspired by his love of nature and garden scenery.

Wordsworth

Wordsworth’s Gardens. By Carol Buchanan.
Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2001.
Q.821 W89Ybuc [Funk ACES Library]


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) came from a family of gardeners and tended plants throughout her life. Many of her poems reflect her love of nature and intimate knowledge of plants.She even took botany courses and kept an extensive personal catalogue of pressed plants: 

Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: A celebration of a poet and gardener.
By Marta McDowell. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
811 D56Ymacd [Funk ACES Library]


Flowers and flower imagery occurred frequently in classical Persian poetry and were often veiled metaphors for everything from beautiful lovers to wine goblets. In this poem, Abu Ṭāleb Kalim Kāšāni introduces the kawal (lotus):

Persian Poetry

Mughal Gardens: Sources, Places, Representations, and Prospects.
Edited by James L. Wescoat, Jr. and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn.
Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1996.
Q.712.0954 M891 [Funk ACES Library]


The Sissinghurst Castle garden was created in the 1930s by poet Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), who was also known for her love affair with novelist Virginia Woolf. One of the most famous national gardens in England, Sissinghurst is divided by high hedges into “rooms,” each with its own distinctive color and theme.

Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst: an Unfinished History.
By Adam Nicolson. New York: Viking, 2010.
630.94223 N548s [Funk ACES Library]


Throughout history, many poets have been inspired by garden scenery, pastoral settings, and nature’s wide array of plants. In this poem William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) reflects on nature, growth, and life.

Apple Poem

Apple Poem

Apple Poem

Apple Poem

Poems of Country Life. Edited by George S. Bryan.
New York: Sturgis & Walton Company, 1912.
811.08 B84P [Funk ACES Library]