Poem Sampler

Christmas Poems

Classic and contemporary poems for the holiday season.

Christmas Poems
Photo by DC Zwick.

CLASSIC POEMS AND LYRICS

Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.

The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Unknown

For Christmas Day: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley

from In Memoriam: “Ring out, wild bells...” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Three Kings” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Good King Wenceslas” by John Mason Neale

On the Morning of Christ's Nativity” by John Milton

Christ’s Nativity” by Henry Vaughan

Christmas Trees” by Robert Frost

Christmas Carol” by Sara Teasdale

In the bleak midwinter” by Christina Rossetti

“The Oxen” by Thomas Hardy

Mistletoe” by Walter de la Mare

[little tree]” by E.E. Cummings

The Magi” by William Butler Yeats

The Burning Babe” by Robert Southwell

“To Mrs K____, On Her Sending Me an English Christmas Plum-Cake at Paris” by Helen Maria Williams

 

 

CONTEMPORARY POEMS

Christmas, 1970” by Sandra M. Castillo

The Christmas Letter” by John N. Morris

Advent Calendar” by Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Conches on Christmas” by Mike Chasar

Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” by George Starbuck

Your Luck Is About To Change” by Susan Elizabeth Howe

Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing” by Toi Derricotte

Christmas Mail” by Ted Kooser

Chicago and December” by W.S. Di Piero

Christmas Tree Lots” by Chris Green

Christmas Night” by Conrad Hilberry

Where Are The Stars Pristine” by Alice Fulton

Messiah (Christmas Portions)” by Mark Doty

The Golden Hinde” by Devin Johnston

On Christmas” by Marion Strobel

This is the Latest” by Ange Mlinko

Advent” by Mary Jo Salter

“Christmas Prelude” by Lisa Jarnot

“Before Christmas” by Landis Everson

“Advent” by Rae Armantrout

A Week Before Christmas” by Ioanna Carlsen

December 26” by Kenn Nesbitt

Taking Down the Tree” by Jane Kenyon



BROADSIDES
Download poems to hang on the fridge, wall, or tree.

Picture of a Nativity” by Geoffrey Hill [PDF]

Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” by George Starbuck [PDF]

 

AUDIO

Podcast: “Christmas Memories”: Poems by Ed Skoog and Wyatt Prunty.

Podcast: “Poems of Transcendance”: Spencer Reece celebrates Christmas with poems by George Herbert and James Merrill.

Podcast: “Poems to Fight Against the Dark”: Christmas poetry full of love and light.

Poem: “Christmas Eve in Whitneyville” by Donald Hall

Poem: “More Sonnets at Christmas” by Allen Tate

Originally Published: December 15, 2010

COMMENTS (3)

On December 15, 2010 at 1:29pm Greg wrote:
Very nice selection! I particularly like DiPiero and Johnston.

On December 22, 2010 at 9:53am John Moore wrote:
This is a lovely selection. I found Green's Christmas Tree Lots and Salter's Advent to be especially touching. And Monroe's short essay For Christmas has certainly held up well!

On December 22, 2010 at 10:31am Mark Cotter wrote:
What an excellent collection of poems etc..

The di Piero, Mlinko and Slater in particular
are wonderful and the HIll as a download
for the noticeboard is excellent.

It's at moments like this I realise why I
love the Poetry Foundation. (It's a pity we
don't have anything so excellent in the UK.)

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