There are many poets who have written beautiful and thought-provoking poems about the environment. Here are a few examples:
1. “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry:
“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what
my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
2. “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot:
“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.”
3. “The Peace of Wild Things” by Mary Oliver:
“When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness.
I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often.”
These are just a few examples, but there are countless other environmental poets and poems that explore the beauty, fragility, and interconnectedness of our natural world.
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