Christmas Poems

A Collection of Classic Poems for Christmas

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With thanks, once again, to the members of the NewPoetry list (which has now morphed into the NowPoetry list), who reminded us of some of the poems gathered here for your holiday reading and reflection:

  • William Shakespeare,
    Lines spoken after the ghost’s exit from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1 (1603)
  • George Wither,
    “A Christmas Carol” (1622)
  • Robert Herrick,
    “Ceremonies for Christmas” (1648)
  • Henry Vaughan,
    “The True Christmas” (1678)
  • Anonymous,
    “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (1780)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
    “A Christmas Carol” (1799)
  • Sir Walter Scott,
    “Christmas in the Olden Time” (from Marmion, 1808)
  • Clement Clark Moore (attributed to him—but more probably written by Major Henry Livingston, Jr.),
    “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (first published in 1823, likely written in 1808)
  • Emily Dickinson,
    “’Twas just this time last year I died” (#445)
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
    “Christmas Bells” (1864)
  • Christina Rossetti,
    “In the Bleak Midwinter” (1872)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson,
    “Christmas at Sea” (1888)
  • G.K. Chesterton,
    “A Christmas Carol” (1900)
  • Sara Teasdale,
    “Christmas Carol” (1911)
  • Walter de la Mare,
    “Mistletoe” (1913)
  • Thomas Hardy,
    “The Oxen” (1915)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    “The Magi” (1916)
  • Robert Frost,
    Christmas Trees” (1920)