Poems for Fathers

A Collection of Classic and New Poems for Father’s Day

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Our anthology of Poems for Fathers begins with a gathering of classic poems to read to or with your dad on Father’s Day:

  • William Blake,
    “The Little Boy Lost” (1791)
  • William Wordsworth,
    “Anecdote for Fathers” (1798)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
    “To My Father on His Birthday” (1826)
  • Emily Dickinson,
    “High from the earth I heard a bird” (#1723)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “On the Beach at Night” (1871)
  • Edgar A. Guest,
    “Father” (1909)
  • Rudyard Kipling,
    “If” (1910)
  • Edgar A. Guest,
    “Only a Dad” (1916)
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins,
    “The Child Is Father To the Man” (1918)
  • Edgar A. Guest,
    “A Boy and His Dad” (1921)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    “A Prayer for My Daughter” (1921)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    “A Prayer for My Son” (1928)

To accompany these classics, we’ve collected poems from contemporary poets, written for or about their fathers or their experience of fatherhood:

  • Pete Mullineaux,
    “The Chair”
  • Pete Mullineaux,
    “Mowing”
  • Whitman McGowan,
    “Father Earth”