11 Poems About the Wonderful Month of June

Happy June! If you’re like me, summer always seems to come around on June 1 instead of June 20 (cause, I mean, summer spirit, right?). To get you into the spirit of summer even more, here are eleven poems that talk about various things in June, like the heat, the flowers, the insects, the weather, and more.

 

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1. ‘The shepheardes calendar: june’ by edmund spencer

Inspired by the Roman poet Virgil’s Eclogues, Spenser wrote this long pastoral work about a year in the life of the English countryside. Keep in mind that this poem is written in Middle English, where words were written based on how they sounded, so there’s no conventional spelling here. If you are confused while reading this poem, you can check out this guide here.

 

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2. ‘the shepard’s calendar: june’ by john clare

No, this isn’t the same poem as the last one I listed. After Spenser’s Elizabethan calendar, the most famous ‘shepherd’s calendar’ in English verse is by one of England’s greatest nature poets, John Clare! (This poem has more modern English, don’t worry.)

 

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3. ‘June’s coming’ by john burroughs

A wonderful poem describing nature coming to life as summer approaches. The poem is full of imagery from trees blanketing the vast landscape, to bees buzzing around, to what looks like a river hidden in the shade under the trees.

 

 

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4. ‘a june night’ by emma lazarus

Emma Lazarus is best-known for her sonnet ‘The New Colossus’, celebrating the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in the United States. This poem is much lesser known, however, and it isn’t one her most popular ones (why not?!). The poem is very atmospheric, with attention to the sky and nature.

 

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5. ‘June’s picture’ by annette wynne

I absolutely love when a poem has a lot of imagery in it, and this one is quite literally a painting of the kind of scenery you would see. Annette Wynne pulls the colors from things like the sun, the grass, the river, the sky, etc., so you can use your imagination to picture what she was seeing when she wrote this poem.

 

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6. ‘all in june’ by w.h. davies

The Welsh poet W. H. Davies is best-known for his short poem ‘Leisure’, but this poem, describing the natural world in June, is also captivating. It’s fairly short, but the contrast between the first stanza and the others is really fascinating.

 

 

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7. ‘the approach of june, or the month of roses’ by eliza and sara wolcott

This poem seems to have a tone of relief now that winter is long gone and summer weather is fast approaching; lines like “The wintry winds are still” or “Put off thy wintry robe” reveal this. Such lines like “Sweet exhalations fill the air” hint at the air being full of wonderful smells from the flowers. There’s something infatuating lurking in the poem too.

 

‘Tis blushing on through brier and thorn,
The wintry winds are still;
Now softer zephyrs waft along,
The month of June to fill.

Soft dews descend upon the flowers
And kindly rest awhile;
‘Tis sweet to wait upon these hours,
To see the roses smile.

How beautiful the charming scene,
‘Tis far surpassing art,
Like purity in heavenly mien,
Reviving to the heart.

Sweet exhalations fill the air,
While music in the grove,
Invites my pensive soul to share
In all the songs of love.

Put off thy wintry robe my soul,
Born to rejoice and sing,
Let gratitude thy lips control
In praises to your king.

The soul with innocence possess’d,
Her incense safe may bear
To Christ, whose righteousness hath bless’d
The humblest form of prayer.

Thus while the roses greet our eyes,
In all their rich perfume,
Should our prayers like incense rise,
Our summer to illume.

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8. ‘adlestrop’ by edward thomas

This poem was written by Thomas on June 24, 1914, while he was on a train going from Oxford to Worcester. The train made an unscheduled stop at Adlestrop in Gloucestershire, where Thomas took the opportunity to fill his notebook with observations about the place before the train moved again. He later used these observations to write this poem.

 

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9. ‘june’ by lottie brown allen

This poem is quite a tribute to June, but more so the entirety of summer; this could be guessed by the ending of the poem—“O, Summer Queen! you are gone too soon / With your sunny days and your shining moon, / With your golden grain and your wealth of bloom.”

 

 

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10. ‘june night’ by sara teasdale

A very short poem—just one stanza—but really nicely written. The speaker of the poem is trying to sleep at night, but simply can’t due to all the noise around her. The speaker talks to the Earth as one would talk to God, “Oh Earth, you gave me all I have / I love you, I love you,—oh what have I / That I can give you in return—.”

 

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11. ‘june rain’ by richard aldington

This short poem talks about something as simple as the rain. Yet, if you’re like me, there’s something about summer rain that is better than the other seasons (perhaps it’s the cooling effect in an otherwise blistering heat?).

 

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