Storm Poems

A Collection of Classic Poems Inspired by Tempests

Sunlight streaming through storm clouds over ocean
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Poets love stormy weather. The powers of the natural world revealed in a tempest can be shocking, terrifying and destructive, but they are also awe-inspiring, exhilarating, and metaphorically rich—a perfect source of poetic inspiration. Here we’ve selected a few classic poems describing or inspired by storms—attune yourself to the natural havoc outdoors by reading them while you’re safely sheltering inside from a storm, perhaps, or declaim them to the sky outside after the storm has passed.

  • William Shakespeare,
    Storm speech on the heath from King Lear (1623)
  • William Cullen Bryant,
    “The Hurricane” (1854)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “Proud Music of the Storm” (from Leaves of Grass, 1900 edition)
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne,
    “A Channel Passage” (1904)
  • Amy Lowell,
    “Storm-Racked” (1914)
  • Robert Frost,
    “A Line-Storm Song” (1915)
  • Siegfried Sassoon,
    “Storm and Sunlight” (1918)
  • Jean Toomer,
    “Storm Ending” (1922)