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"DIRGE (TO THE MEMORY OF MISS ELLEN GREE, OF KEW ...)", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Peerless yet hapless maid of q!
Last Line: Her dirge and leg
Subject(s): Alphabets;bees;death;funerals;insects;language; "beekeeping;dead, The;burials;bugs;words;vocabulary;


A BEE-KEEPER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: When bees come hither in the fair springtide
Last Line: The neighbour of the mountain-peak is dead
Subject(s): Bees;insects; Beekeeping;bugs


A BESTIARY: THE ANT, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "the ant is mighty, tho' small"
Last Line: "now, and on the last great day, / when we be in need"
Subject(s): Ants;insects; Bugs


A BESTIARY: THE SPIDER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Some things created they be
Last Line: When he worketh upon him ill
Subject(s): Insects;spiders; Bugs


A BLACK PATCH ON LUCASTA'S FACE (1), by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dull as I was, to think that a court fly
Last Line: But the sweet little bees large monument.
Subject(s): Bees; Faces; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


A CONSERVATIVE, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The garden beds I wandered by
Last Line: Into his chrysalis.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


A DIET OF WORMS, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The caterpillars met one day
Last Line: For dinner!
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


A DREAM (1), by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed I was a spider
Last Line: And devoured them one by one.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Dreams; Insects; Spiders; Nightmares; Bugs


A FABLE, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Said a little boy to a honey bee
Last Line: Said the honey bee to the little boy.
Subject(s): Bees; Boys; Fables; Insects; Play; Beekeeping; Allegories; Bugs


A GARDEN IDYL, by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With sagest craft arachne worked
Last Line: A solitary filament.
Subject(s): Insects; Mythology; Spiders; Bugs


A MORE ANCIENT MARINER, by BLISS CARMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The swarthy bee is a buccaneer
Last Line: With the mercury at zero.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


A NATURE-LOVER PASSES, by DANIEL MACINTYRE HENDERSON    Poem Text            
First Line: Bees, go tell the things he treasured
Last Line: Bid his loved wild things befriend him!
Subject(s): Bees; Death; Insects; Beekeeping; Dead, The; Bugs


A RAINBOW FOUNDATION, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once a spider built a cobweb on a rainbow bright and gay
Last Line: "with foundations not so showy, but more firm and permanent!"
Subject(s): Insects; Rainbows; Spiders; Bugs


A SLEEPING BEAUTY, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An alien wind that blew and blew
Last Line: As he turned to go -- yet, pausing, gazed?
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; Insects; Nature; Wind; Bugs


A SLEEPY SONG, by CHARLES BUXTON GOING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly swings on the flower alseep
Last Line: Sleepy time, sleepy time now!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Sleep; Bugs


A SOLILOQUY; OCCASIONED BY THE CHIRPING OF A GRASSHOPPER, by WALTER HARTE    Poem Text            
First Line: Happy insect! Ever blest
Last Line: Thou art starved, and so am I!
Subject(s): Grasshoppers; Insects; Life; Bugs


A SONG, by S. P. (19TH CENTURY)    Poem Text            
First Line: Oh, the hopper grass is clattering and flying all the day
Last Line: And the katydid is chirping all night long.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


A SONG OF A GARDEN, by KATHARINE TYNAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What a thing a garden is
Last Line: To bid grow, to increase!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Animals; Bees; Birds; Dreams; Flowers; Gardens & Gardening; Herbs; Insects; Medicine; Quiet Life; Beekeeping; Nightmares; Bugs; Drugs, Prescription


A SONG OF THE SEASON, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: I am a moth ball
Last Line: But out!
Subject(s): Animals;environment;insects;moths; Environmental Protection;ecology;conservation;bugs


A SUMMER NIGHT IN THE BEEHIVE, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The little bee returns with evening's gloom
Last Line: Another day of honey has begun!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


A WOOD ORCHID, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "a butterfly, wing-weary, came to find"
Last Line: Of pink flushed wings -- and found them rooted there
Subject(s): Butterflies;insects; Bugs


ACTING ON A TIP, by JAMES TATE            Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: We went to the bug-eating state
Subject(s): Camping; Insects; Camps; Summer Camps; Bugs


AGAINST IDLENESS AND MISCHIEF, by ISAAC WATTS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How doth the little busy bee / improve each shining hour
Last Line: Some good account at last.
Variant Title(s): The Busy Bee
Subject(s): Bees; Children; Insects; Beekeeping; Childhood; Bugs


ALL DAY: WINDOW-BARS, by JEANNETTE AUGUSTUS MARKS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now I lie still
Last Line: From dawn to dark!
Subject(s): Birds; Insects; Windows; Bugs


AMPHITYRON, OR THE TWO SOSIAS: PROLOGUE, by JOHN DRYDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The laboring bee, when his sharp sting is gone
Last Line: To make fine fools of you, and all your parts.
Subject(s): Bees; Fame; Insects; Plays & Playwrights ; Theater & Theaters; Beekeeping; Reputation; Bugs; Dramatists; Stage Life


AN AUGUST MIDNIGHT, by THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A shaded lamp and a waving blind
Last Line: They know earth-secrets that know not I.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


ANTS, by DAISY WRIGHT FIELD    Poem Text            
First Line: I read of a man who was tied down
Last Line: By the little things.
Alternate Author Name(s): Field, Wright
Subject(s): Ants; Duty; Insects; Women; Bugs


ARACHNE, by ROSE TERRY COOKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I watch her in the corner there
Last Line: But day by day I spin my shroud.
Subject(s): Fate; Insects; Spiders; Destiny; Bugs


ARACHNE, by WILLIAM EMPSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Twixt devil and deep sea, man hacks his caves
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


ARIEL'S SONG (2), FR. THE TEMPEST, by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where the bee sucks, there suck I
Last Line: Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Subject(s): Bees; Fairies; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Elves; Bugs


ATHOLE BROSE, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Willie an' I cam doun by blair
Last Line: And in by tullibardine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Bees; Gardens & Gardening; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


ATTA TROLL; A SUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM: CAPUT 11, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like some drowsy bayaderes
Last Line: Is a duel with a bug!
Subject(s): Insects; Love; Bugs


BAGATELLES: 1, by THEOPHILE JULIUS HENRY MARZIALS    Poem Text            
First Line: The wanton bee that suck'd the rose
Last Line: Beyond the dying day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Marzials, Theo; Marzials, Theophile Jules Henri
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Love; Roses; Beekeeping; Bugs


BALLADE OF THE BEES OF TREBIZOND, by RICHARD THOMAS LE GALLIENNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There blooms a flower in trebizond
Last Line: To taste that honey is to die.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BEAUTIFUL WINGS, by GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beautiful wings that beat the void
Last Line: Builds heaven overhead.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Poetry & Poets; Bugs


BEES, by MOTHER GOOSE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A swarm of bees in may
Last Line: Is not worth a fly.
Variant Title(s): Hampshire Bee-keeping Rhyme
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BEES, by SUSAN STEWART    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: That the bees were born in the corpse of the injured animal
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BEES IN CLOVER; A SONG, by LOUISA SARAH BEVINGTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Up the dewy slopes of morning
Last Line: Falls in tune?
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BEETLE LIGHT; FOR DANIEL HILLEN, by MADELINE DEFREES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Hornets collect on the side of the sun
Last Line: The exterminator. Very soon they will die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mary Gilbert, Sister; De Frees, Madeline
Subject(s): Extermination & Exterminators; Insects; Light; Poetry & Poets; Bugs


BLIND HUBER (12), by NICK FLYNN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus transfixed, stare blank at one
Last Line: But not as much as I had hoped
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BLUE BUTTERFLY, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here lucy paused for the blue butterfly
Last Line: Is whispering in my lonely walk anew.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Butterflies; England; Insects; Landscape; English; Bugs


BLUE-BUTTERFLY DAY, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is blue-butterfly day here in spring
Last Line: Where wheels have freshly sliced the april mire.
Subject(s): Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUMBLE BEE, D. D., by ORTHA L. WILNER    Poem Text            
First Line: Beside a haughty fleur-de-lis
Last Line: To the weed of gold.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


BUTTERFLIES, by SAINT-PAUL ROUX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Time tells the rosary of the sun
Last Line: Time tells the rosary of the sun.
Alternate Author Name(s): Roux, Paul Pierre; Roux, P0l
Subject(s): Angels; Butterflies; Colors; Insects; Spring; Bugs


BUTTERFLIES, by SIEGFRIED SASSOON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Frail travellers, deftly flickering over the flowers
Last Line: To know but this, the phantom glare of day.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY, by DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Butterfly, the wind blows sea-ward, strong beyond the garden wall
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawrence, D. H.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY, by WILLIAM JAY SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of living creatures most I prize
Last Line: When mother leans to say good night
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Butterfly, butterfly, sipping the sand
Last Line: That sand-filtered water tastes better to you?
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY (1), by HILDA CONKLING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Butterfly, / I like the way your wear your wings
Last Line: And evening murmurs by.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY (2), by HILDA CONKLING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As I walked through my garden
Last Line: "I have to go the opposite way."
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY LAUGHTER, by KATHERINE MANSFIELD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the middle of our porridge plate
Alternate Author Name(s): Murry, John Middleton, Mrs.; Beauchamp, Kathleen
Subject(s): Butterflies; Grandparents; Insects; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Bugs


BUTTERFLY WINGS, by LOUISE CRENSHAW RAY    Poem Text            
First Line: Some far off summer day, when you shall see
Last Line: Oh, magic touch of dusky velvet wings!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Magic; Poppies; Bugs


CATERPILLARS, by JOHN FREEMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of caterpillars fabre tells how day after day
Last Line: In a heaving ring returning the same regrets.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


CHIPPEWA MUSIC: THE SONG OF BUTTERFLY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: In the coming heat
Last Line: I stood there
Subject(s): Butterflies;insects; Bugs


CIGARILLO, by CATE MARVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The visit of a body. Ants gathered sugar
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


CINQUAIN: CATERPILLAR, by KENNETH CHING    Poem Text            
First Line: Hurry
Last Line: Of wings.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


CLEMATIS MONTANA, by MADELINE DEFREES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Flocks of itinerant stars, flung from night's
Last Line: Pool of the soul's wide summer.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mary Gilbert, Sister; De Frees, Madeline
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Stars; Summer; Bugs


CLOCK-A-CLAY, by JOHN CLARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the cowslip pips I lie / hidden from the buzzing fly
Last Line: Watching for the time of day.
Subject(s): Insects; Ladybirds; Poetry & Poets; Bugs; Ladybugs


CORN-GRINDING SONG, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "butterflies, butterflies"
Last Line: "butterflies, away!"
Subject(s): Butterflies;fields;insects; Pastures;meadows;leas;bugs


DA QUEENA BEE, by THOMAS AUGUSTINE DALY    Poem Text            
First Line: Meester, eef you nevva see
Last Line: Evra wan hersal' a queen!
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Babies; Bees; Insects; Infants; Beekeeping; Bugs


DALEY'S DORG WATTLE, by W. T. GOODGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You can talk about yer sheep dorgs,' said the man from allan's creek
Last Line: "that there dorg had got that inseck in the bottle."
Alternate Author Name(s): Goodge, William Thomas
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Insects; Bugs


DELIGHTS OF CAMP LIFE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Come to the home of the friendly mosquito
Last Line: Come to where the centipedes crawl underneath
Subject(s): Centipedes;insects;mosquitoes; Bugs


DEPARTMENTAL, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: An ant on the table cloth
Last Line: But how thoroughly departmental
Subject(s): Ants; Bureaucracy; Insects; Bugs


DESIGN, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I found a dimpled spider, fat and white
Last Line: If design govern in a thing so small.
Subject(s): Death; Fate; God; Insects; Men; Nature; Spiders; Dead, The; Destiny; Bugs


DISASTER, by MAY FAIR    Poem Text            
First Line: A mossy knoll under a dogwood tree
Last Line: And plodding on, knew not their writhing pain.
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


DISCLOSURE, by EDNA HOWE    Poem Text            
First Line: The transient butterfly declares
Last Line: And a diviner duty.
Subject(s): Beauty; Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


DISCOVERY, by DOROTHY SIGMUND    Poem Text            
First Line: A caterpillar squirmed
Last Line: And slowly slithered down.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


DOUBLED MIRRORS, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: It is the dark of the moon
Subject(s): Insects; Nature; Raccoons; Spiders; Bugs


ELEGIAC SONNET: 77. TO THE INSECT OF THE GOSSAMER, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Small, viewless aeronaut, that by the line
Last Line: Ah! Soon at sorrow's touch the radiant dreams dissolve!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


EMBLEMS OF LOVE: 16. CUPID HIMSELF STUNG, by PHILIP AYRES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Does a bee's sting thus make thee cry and whine?
Last Line: Comes as much short as that compared to thee.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


ENVOI, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fly, white butterflies, out to sea
Last Line: Fly!
Variant Title(s): White Butterflies
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Roundels; Bugs


FABLE: THE BEE, THE ANT, AND THE SPARROW, by NATHANIEL COTTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My dears, 'tis said in days of old
Last Line: The wicked, wanton sparrow died.
Subject(s): Bees; Fables; Insects; Sparrows; Virtue; Beekeeping; Allegories; Bugs


FABLES: 1ST SER. 24. THE BUTTERFLY AND THE SNAIL, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All upstarts, insolent in place
Last Line: Shall prove of caterpillar breed.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Snails; Bugs


FABLES: 1ST SER. 38. THE TURKEY AND THE ANT, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In other men we faults can spy
Last Line: Nor for a breakfast nations kill.
Subject(s): Ants; Food & Eating; Insects; Turkeys; Bugs


FABLES: 2ND SER. 10. THE DEGENERATE BEES, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Though courts the practice disallow
Last Line: We're honour'd by the virtuous few.
Subject(s): Bees; Corruption In Politics; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


FABLES: 2ND SER. 4. THE ANT IN OFFICE, by JOHN GAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You tell me that you apprehend
Last Line: As due, to publick use restor'd.
Subject(s): Ants; Corruption In Politics; Insects; Bugs


FALLING IN LOVE AT SIXTY-FIVE, by MONA VAN DUYN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is like the first and last time I tried a coleman
Last Line: To answer what was being insisted on
Subject(s): Books; Insects; Maine (state); Night; Old Age; Love Ė Nature Of; Reading; Bugs; Bedtime


FANNY; OR, THE BEAUTY AND THE BEE, by CHARLES MACKAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fanny, array'd in the bloom of her beauty
Last Line: "go forth and be happy—I blame you no more."
Subject(s): Beauty; Bees; Forgiveness; Insects; Beekeeping; Clemency; Bugs


FESSLER'S BEES, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Talkin' bout yer bees,' says ike
Last Line: "fore he went to floridy!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Bees; Honey; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


FIELD WIRELESS, by BENJAMIN ALBERT BOTKIN    Poem Text            
First Line: Firefly and cricket
Last Line: When people grow sleepy.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


FIELDWORK, by BOB HICOK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are two kinds of people and five hundred
Last Line: The jealous eyes of god have seen?
Subject(s): Amazons; Beetles; Insects; Jungles; Wilderness; Bugs


FIREFLY CITY, by HENRY VAN DYKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like a long arrow through the dark the train is darting
Last Line: The fire-fly city of the dark is lost in empty air!
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): Fireflies; Insects; Glowworms; Bugs


FLOODGATE, by DAVID MCCORD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Low, when the western flock is folded
Last Line: And the owl begins his flight.
Subject(s): Birds; Floods; Insects; Owls; Bugs


FLYING BLOSSOMS, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text            
First Line: These butterflies, in twos and threes
Last Line: Another crop of golden corn!
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Wings; Bugs


FLYING CROOKED, by ROBERT RANKE GRAVES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterly, the cabbage-white
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


FOR A DESIGN OF A BUTTERFLY RESTING ON A SKULL, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Creature of air and light
Last Line: Thy hope calls heavenward from yon ruined cell.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


FUSCARA; OR, THE BEE ERRANT, by JOHN CLEVELAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nature's confectioner, the bee
Last Line: The bee committed parricide.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


GOLDEN GLORIES, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The buttercup is like a golden cup
Last Line: Sucks from sweet hearts of flowers and stores and sips.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


GOUT AND WINGS, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The pigeons fluttered fieldward, one and all
Last Line: A wing was open'd at me everywhere!
Subject(s): Birds; Flight; Gout; Insects; Wings; Flying; Bugs


GRANDMOTHER, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: A spider floats from the apple tree
Last Line: Had proved to be there at all.
Subject(s): Comfort; Ghosts; Grandparents; Insects; Spiders; Supernatural; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Bugs


HELIODORA, by MELEAGER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why dost thou touch, o flower-fed bee
Last Line: I knew it long ago.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meleagros
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


HIVES AND HOMES, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When march has gone with his cruel wind
Last Line: When the summer of life is over.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


HOKKU, by WINIFRED WALDRON    Poem Text            
First Line: Bringer of pollen
Last Line: Love is my duty.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


HOME AT NIGHT, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When chirping crickets fainter cry
Last Line: Are lifted -- and the lips of kate.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Home; Insects; Night; Bugs; Bedtime


HOMELESS COMPLEYNT, by ALLEN GINSBERG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pardon me buddy, I didn't mean to bug you
Last Line: Wiping your windshield with a dirty rag
Subject(s): Homeless; Insects; Veterans; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975; Bugs


HONEYCOMB, by N. M. BENNETT    Poem Text            
First Line: Within unnumbered, fragile cells the bee
Last Line: I taste -- and I am satisfied awhile.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


HUM-BUGS, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Some bugs will sting and bite, and some
Last Line: The bug that hums and does not bite.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


HYMN TO AURORA, by JULIO FLOREZ    Poem Text            
First Line: Thou heavenly butterfly / whose great and tenuous wings
Last Line: To ashes day shall burn!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


I'D BE A BUTTERFLY, by THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I'd be a butterfly born in a bower
Last Line: Dying when fair things are fading away
Alternate Author Name(s): Bayly, Nathaniel Thomas Haynes
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


IN GATINAIS: REPOSE AT NOON, by PAUL FORT    Poem Text            
First Line: Bee, that the thyme doth sing, how clear thy hum doth ring in the
Last Line: Ear!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Life; Noon; Beekeeping; Bugs


IN TALL GRASS, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bees and a honeycomb in the dried head of a horse in
Last Line: The bees come home and the bees sleep.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


INAMORATA, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The bees were holding levees in the flowers
Last Line: And keep me happy in your pious prayer.
Subject(s): April; Bees; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


INFESTATION, by DANIEL HALPERN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Even insects have histories
Last Line: Upon which they take their evening meal
Subject(s): Insects; Exterminating & Exterminators; Bugs


INSECT HEADS, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These insects, golden
Last Line: Hold sand paintings of the next life
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


INSECT LIFE OF FLORIDA, by LYNDA HULL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In those days I thought their endless thrum
Last Line: And dangerous as the human heart
Alternate Author Name(s): Wojahn, David, Mrs.
Subject(s): Florida; Family Life; Insects; Animals; Relatives; Bugs


INSPIRATION, by ABBOTTE MCKINNON DOWNING    Poem Text            
First Line: Lovely butterfly! / you're like a fleeting
Last Line: Carefree and gay -- for one short span.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


INVITATION TO THE BEE, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Child of patient industry
Last Line: Among the flowers, thou little busy bee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


JULIUS CAESAR AND THE HONEY-BEE, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poring on caesar's death with earnest eye
Last Line: I might have set the honey-maker free.
Subject(s): Bees; Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


KILLING THE BEES, by EAMON GRENNAN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: They'd been there for years, secreted in the ceiling
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


KINDNESS TO INSECTS, by ARTHUR GUITERMAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw a melancholy wasp
Last Line: Upon a purple clover knosp.
Subject(s): Insects; Rhyme; Bugs


KING SOLOMON AND THE ANTS, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out from jerusalem
Last Line: "than flatteries of the great."
Subject(s): Ants; Bible; Insects; Religion; Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Bugs; Theology


KING SOLOMON AND THE BEES; A TALE OF THE TALMUD, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When solomon was reigning in his glory
Last Line: As israel's king learned wisdom from the bees!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Jews; Sheba, Queen Of (10th Century B.c.); Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Beekeeping; Bugs; Judaism


KOROSTA KATZINA SONG, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Yellow butterflies / over the blossoming virgin corn
Last Line: All day shall come the rushing rain
Subject(s): Butterflies;corn;fields;harvest;insects; Pastures;meadows;leas;bugs


LINES ON A GRASSHOPPER (BY A GRANGER NATURALIST), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "I've got him, at last, in the focus"
Last Line: Whenever he lit at their gate
Subject(s): Grasshoppers;insects;nature; Bugs


LINES TO A LADY-BIRD, by JOHN BYRNE LEICESTER WARREN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cow-lady, or sweet lady-bird
Last Line: I bid thee hail, bright lady-bird!
Alternate Author Name(s): Lancaster, William P.; Preston, George F.; De Tabley, 3d Baron; De Tabley, Lord
Subject(s): Insects; Ladybirds; Bugs; Ladybugs


LYCOSA, THE SPIDER, by ANNIE CHARLOTTE DALTON    Poem Text            
First Line: Hannah, offering her first-born
Last Line: For lord or sun?
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


MARCO POLO, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He was heroic, fugitive, in love with the machinery
Last Line: Devoured by the oriental machinery of the silkworm
Subject(s): Explorers; Insects; Money; Polo, Marco (1254-1324); Sea; Skeletons; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; Bugs; Ocean


MARIA'S PURSE, by ELIZABETH TURNER (1755-1846)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maria had an aunt at leeds
Last Line: "admit the insects' greater skill!"
Subject(s): Bees; Girls; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


MARIPOSA, by EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Butterflies are white and blue
Last Line: Death comes in a day or two.
Alternate Author Name(s): Boyd, Nancy; Boissevain, Eugen, Mrs.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Carpe Diem; Death; Insects; Dead, The; Bugs


MIDGES IN THE SUNSHINE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: If I could see with a midge's eye
Last Line: "as that larger midge, a man!"
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


MINISTERING BEES, by VIRGINIA TAYLOR MCCORMICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Think you this topaz powder on the bee
Last Line: Not merely honey drunken debauchees!
Subject(s): Bees; Drinks & Drinking; Insects; Sex; Beekeeping; Wine; Bugs


MOMENT, by EAMON GRENNAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two small white butterflies settle
Last Line: In tune with things, staining the day
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


MORNING HARVEST, by GERALD STERN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pennsylvania spiders / not only stretch their silk between the limbs
Subject(s): Civilization; Insects; Pennsylvania; Spiders; Bugs


MR. EDWARDS AND THE SPIDER, by ROBERT LOWELL    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw the spiders marching through the air
Subject(s): Calvinists; Death; Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758); God; Insects; Sin; Spiders; Dead, The; Bugs


MUIOPOTMOS, OR THE FATE OF THE BUTTERFLIE, by EDMUND SPENSER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sing of deadly dolorous debate
Last Line: His bodie left the spectacle of care.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Butterflies; Fables; Insects; Mythology; Allegories; Bugs


MUSICAL CHAIRS, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The chairs were set up on the hillside
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Chairs; Games; Insects; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Bugs


MY BROTHER'S BUG, by JACK PRELUTSKY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My brotherís bug was green and plump
Last Line: Was when I squashed my brotherís bug
Subject(s): Bugs


MY BUG AMOS, by VIRGINIA ELLIS    Poem Text            
First Line: I done it - I killed 'im
Last Line: My fingers . . . 'at amos 'us in my hand?
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


MY BUTTERFLY, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thine emulous fond flowers are dead, too
Last Line: Under the eaves.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


MY BUTTERFLY, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text            
First Line: As the butterfly held in the mesh of the net
Last Line: Which lies in the depth of a kiss!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


NATURE, FOR NATURE'S SAKE, by JEAN INGELOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: White as white butterflies that each one dons
Last Line: Without your father falleth to the ground.'
Subject(s): Butterflies; God; Insects; Life; Nature; Bugs


NEW SPRING: 7, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With the rose the butterfly's deep in love
Last Line: The star of eve and butterfly.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


NIGHT CRAWLER, by PETER JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The last automobile of night passes. I exit, drop to knees on a wet blan
Subject(s): Insects; Night; Bugs; Bedtime


NO GO, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Said a simpering butterfly, sipping a rose
Last Line: Quoth the impudent chap.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Spiders; Bugs


NURSERY RHYMES FOR THE TENDER-HEARTED (DEDICATED TO DON MARQUIS): 4, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I knew a black beetle, who lived down a drain
Last Line: And he'll never come bathing with me any more.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Beetles; Insects; Marquis, Don (1878-1937); Bugs


ODE TO A BUTTERFLY, by THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou spark of life that wavest wings of gold
Last Line: Symbol of life, me with such faith endow!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Transcendentalism; Bugs


ODE TO THE BEE, by ROBERT FERGUSSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Herds, blythsome tune your canty reeds
Last Line: That lyart time can ne'er impair.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ferguson, Robert
Subject(s): Bees; Honey; Insects; Praise; Beekeeping; Bugs


ON THE DEATH OF LITTLE MAHALA ASHCRAFT, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Little haly! Little haly!' cheeps the robin the tree
Last Line: "and the katydids and crickets hollers ""haly!"" all the night."
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Bees; Birds; Death; Grief; Insects; Night; Beekeeping; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness; Bugs; Bedtime


ONLY MY OPINION, by MONICA SHANNON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is a caterpillar ticklish?
Subject(s): Animals; Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


ORIENT, by ARMANDE ALICE FAIR    Poem Text            
First Line: White butterflies flitting across the face
Last Line: In a gauze of opal lure.
Subject(s): Asia; Butterflies; Insects; Moon; Stars; Far East; East Asia; Orient; Bugs


PLASTIC BEATITUDE, by LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our neighbors, the pazzotis, live in a long
Last Line: To their last temptation.
Subject(s): Blessings; Electricity; Extermination & Exterminators; Family Life; Insects; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Neighbors; Toys; Women In The Bible; Relatives; Bugs; Virgin Mary


PODAGER BEGS PARDON OF BIRDS, BEES, AND WINGS IN GENERAL, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pardon me, all ye birds that float at ease
Last Line: A chiding angel, of the smallest wing.
Subject(s): Angels; Bees; Birds; Flight; Insects; Wings; Beekeeping; Flying; Bugs


POETIC EPIGRAMS: 8. KINDRED, by CALE YOUNG RICE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly and flower
Last Line: By earth in the same hour.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Flowers; Insects; Bugs


PSYCHE, by SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly the ancient grecians made
Last Line: And to deform and kill the things whereon we feed.
Variant Title(s): The Butterfly
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


ROOTS AND BRANCHES, by ROBERT DUNCAN    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Sail, monarchs, rising and falling
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


SCARABAEUS SISYPHUS, by MATHILDE BLIND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I've watched thee, scarab! Yea, an hour in vain
Last Line: Life's stone, recoiling from the alps of time?
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Beetles; Insects; Sisyphus; Bugs


SCUFFLED DUST, by WINIFRED VIRGINIA JACKSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The lean white birches of the moon
Last Line: What came after I do not know.
Subject(s): Apple Blossoms; Apples; Fruit; Insects; Spiders; Virtue; Bugs


SECOND LIFE, by JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After life's departing sigh
Last Line: Come and catch that butterfly!'
Subject(s): Butterflies; Death; Insects; Reincarnation; Dead, The; Bugs; Transmigration; Pretas


SEMBLANCE: SCREENS, by LIZ WALDNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A moth lies open and lies
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


SHANGHAI INSECT MARKET, by CLYDE EDGAR KEELER    Poem Text            
First Line: Over there let us stop / at the insect mart
Last Line: A hollow ball to house two great green katydids.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


SHARD, by EAMON GRENNAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After the ravages that took the bees by storm
Variant Title(s): Last Drop
Subject(s): Bees; Honey; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


SIGNS OF SPRING, by THERESA S. YORK    Poem Text            
First Line: When the nearest hills choose pastel green
Last Line: It's spring.
Subject(s): Insects; Spring; Bugs


SILKWORMS AND SPIDERS, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The worm long fosters his transforming sleep
Last Line: And we must rest, till god shall tell us more.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Worms; Bugs


SING-SONG; A NURSERY RHYME BOOK: 105, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What does the bee do?
Last Line: Eat up the honey.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Variant Title(s): What Do They Do?
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


SING-SONG; A NURSERY RHYME BOOK: 39, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Brown and furry
Last Line: To live again a butterfly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Variant Title(s): The Caterpillar
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


SINGING DEATH, by CHARLES R. MURPHY    Poem Text            
First Line: Brown, brown, brown, brown, gold
Last Line: Singing death.)
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


SINGING INSECTS, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text            
First Line: Semi - singing insects - boys catch in june
Last Line: And as the caged insects sing.
Subject(s): Insects; Marriage; Bugs; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SNARES, by FLORENCE GRAUEL MILLER    Poem Text            
First Line: I watched a spider weave his web
Last Line: Came flying to his lair.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Trapping; Bugs


SOLOMON AND THE ANTS, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of all the kings of fallen earth
Last Line: The strongest of the strong.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Bugs


SONG, by THEOPHILE GAUTIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterflies that are the snow's own hue
Last Line: O blossom of my soul!
Alternate Author Name(s): Theo, Le Bon
Subject(s): Butterflies; Desire; Flight; Insects; Love; Flying; Bugs


SONG FOR THE CUCUYO, by VIRGIL SUAREZ    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Caught them at sundown in the tall grass
Variant Title(s): Song To The Cucuyo
Subject(s): Insects; Singing & Singers; Bugs


SONNET TO A BUTTERFLY, by HENRY WILLIAM HERBERT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Forth to thy bright existence of an hour
Last Line: Never to sorrow more, nor doubt, nor die?
Alternate Author Name(s): Forester, Frank
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


SONNET TO THE JUNEBUG, I, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You make me je's a little nervouser
Last Line: Up that eternal buzzin' serenade!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


SPIDER, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Anansi, black busybody of the folktales
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Africa; Fables; Insects; Spiders; Allegories; Bugs


SPIDER AND FLY, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once when morn was flowing in
Last Line: Sitting on her silver stairs.
Subject(s): Flies; Insects; Spiders; Bugs


SPIDERS, by COLETTE M. BURNS    Poem Text            
First Line: With space their blackboard, spiders teach
Last Line: Mathematics of the universe.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


STINGS, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Bare-handed, I hand the combs
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


STUDY FOR A GEOGRAPHICAL TRAIL; 4. NEW JERSEY, by CLARENCE MAJOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: So much depends on four butterflies
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


SUFFERING, by NATHALIA CRANE    Poem Text            
First Line: I sat down on a bumble bee
Last Line: Humiliating pain.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Pain; Beekeeping; Bugs; Suffering; Misery


SWEET HONEY-SUCKING BEES, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
Last Line: Was ever dart so sharp ah then you die
Subject(s): Bees;honey;insects; Beekeeping;bugs


TELLING THE BEES, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "naiads, and ye pastures cold"
Last Line: Mourn a neighbor and a friend
Subject(s): Bees;insects; Beekeeping;bugs


TELLING THE BEES, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Here is the place; right over the hill
Last Line: "mistress mary is dead and gone!"
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Mourning; Beekeeping; Bugs; Bereavement


TELLING THE BEES (A COLONIAL CUSTOM), by LIZETTE WOODWORTH REESE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bathsheba came out to the sun
Last Line: Telling the bees.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE AMBITIOUS ANT, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The ambitious ant would a-travelling go
Last Line: "how glad I am that I crossed the sea!"
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


THE ANT, by AL-TULAITILI    Poem Text            
First Line: Slender her flank
Last Line: Of a learned judge.
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


THE ANT, by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Forbear, thou great good husband, little ant
Last Line: Thinking to save all, we cast all away.
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


THE ANT-HEAP, by ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: High in the woodland, on the mountain-side
Last Line: The pity they deny.
Alternate Author Name(s): Benson, A. C.
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Bugs


THE ANT-LION, by THOMAS MILLER (1807-1874)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: By digging a hole in the sand
Last Line: And both of us live by slaughter and strife.
Subject(s): Ants; Insects; Wasps; Bugs; Yellow Jackets


THE ARRIVAL OF THE BEE BOX, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I ordered this, this clean wood box
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BAG OF THE BEE, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: About the sweet bag of a bee
Last Line: And gave the bag between them.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
Last Line: Of clovers and of noon!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mark how the neat assiduous bee
Last Line: When smiling youth is past.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE, by SIDNEY LANIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: What time I paced, at pleasant morn
Last Line: Tampa, florida, 1877.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE AND THE BLOSSOMS, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why stand ye idle, blossoms bright
Last Line: "for what thou takest away!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE MEETING, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Who are these people at the bridge to meet me? They are the
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Fear; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE'S WING, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fill, fill to the brim, let the bubble forth swin
Last Line: "along with the ""bee's wing."
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE-WISP, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our window-panes enthral our summer bees
Last Line: Against the very hand of providence.
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE BEE; AN EPIGRAM: STREPHON TO DELIA, by ROYALL TYLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lovely delia, why so coy?
Last Line: I fear, like bees, he'd raise a swelling.
Alternate Author Name(s): Old Simon; S.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEE; TO GRANCIS DE MIOMANDRE, by PAUL VALERY                Poet's Biography
First Line: What and how keen and mortal soever
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A garden of mouthings. Purple, scarlet-speckled, black
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Fathers & Daughters; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEES OF MYDDLETON MANOR; 17TH CENTURY, by MAY PROBYN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Buzzing, buzzing, buzzing, my golden-belted bees
Last Line: Middleton luck it's done and dead.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BEES' SONG, by WALTER JOHN DE LA MARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thousandz of thornz there be
Last Line: Of far-away zzzee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ramal, Walter; De La Mare, Walter
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BENUMBED BUTTERFLY, by AUBREY DE VERE    Poem Text            
First Line: Beautiful creature, how I envy thee!
Last Line: Ingrate! Have chattered more than thou art worth.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BLUEBELL, by MARGARET WADE CAMPBELL DELAND    Poem Text            
First Line: In love she fell
Last Line: When, lo, he flew away!
Subject(s): Bees; Bluebells; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BUMBLEBEE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You better not fool with a bumblebee!
Last Line: "wears out his welcome too quick fer me!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLIES OF TAIWAN, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text            
First Line: I said: because it is the case that
Last Line: Or curious, like the butterflies of taiwan?
Subject(s): Butterflies; Happiness; Insects; Taiwan; Wings; Joy; Delight; Bugs; Formosa


THE BUTTERFLY, by MARGARET AVISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An uproar
Last Line: Towards the subhuman swamp of under-dark?
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by YOLANDE CORNELIA GIOVANNI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Those things / which you so laughingly call
Alternate Author Name(s): Giovanni, Nikki
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by VICTOR MARIE HUGO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the gorgeous butterfly / in the jubilee of spring
Last Line: By perfidious pleasure's thorn!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by ALICE ARCHER SEWALL JAMES    Poem Text            
First Line: I am not what I was yesterday
Last Line: Take care of me.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It's just a monstrous ant with paper wings
Last Line: And haven't seen it make a bit of butter.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Children; Insects; Childhood; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by ALPHONSE MARIE LOUIS DE PRAT LAMARTINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Coming with the daffodils and dying with the roses
Last Line: Bears it home to heaven again for lasting joy and deep.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by ADELAIDE O'KEEFFE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly, an idle thing
Last Line: Nor be a butterfly.
Alternate Author Name(s): O'keefe, Adelaide
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by EDWARD NOYES POMEROY    Poem Text            
First Line: He loitered on from flower to flower
Last Line: The monarch of a peaceful breast.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Nature; Wings; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by JOSEPH SKIPSEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly from flower to flower
Last Line: The very glory he had sought.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by JOHN LAWSON STODDARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I watched to-day a butterfly
Last Line: Have raised my thoughts from earth to god.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Death; Earth; Insects; Life; Time; Dead, The; World; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Leafless, stemless, floating flower
Last Line: Bearing blossoms of thy kind.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alexis seized a prisoned butterfly
Last Line: Claim to such trust, - all nature's underling?'
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY AND THE ROSE, by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She pluck'd a wild wood-rose, and fondly strove
Last Line: To hold it, thou hast lightly thrown away!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Flowers; Insects; Roses; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL, by THOMAS ROSCOE    Poem Text            
First Line: Come, take up your hats, and away let us haste
Last Line: His merry companions return'd in a throng.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY'S BALL, by WILLIAM CALDWELL ROSCOE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, take up your hats, and away let us haste
Last Line: His merry companions returned in a throng.
Subject(s): Insects; Parties; Bugs


THE BUTTERFLY'S FIRST FLIGHT, by AGNES STRICKLAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou hast burst from thy prison
Last Line: To pleasure once more.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Flight; Insects; Flying; Bugs


THE CAPTIVE BEE; OR THE LITTLE FILCHER, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As julia once a-slumbering lay
Last Line: Hony enough to fill his hive.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE CATERPILLAR, by ROBERT RANKE GRAVES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Under this loop of honeysuckle
Last Line: And eat, eat, eat -- as one ought to eat.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


THE CATERPILLAR, by EDWARD MERRILL ROOT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, that I too could go to sleep
Last Line: The peach-blooms and the daffodils!
Alternate Author Name(s): Root, E. Merrill
Subject(s): Butterflies; Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


THE COQUETTE (A VILLANELLE), by EUGENIA BRAGG SMITH    Poem Text            
First Line: I see a dainty butterfly
Last Line: She calls her mate in passing by.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE CORAL INSECT, by LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Toil on! Toil on!
Last Line: While the wonder and pride of your works remain.
Subject(s): Coral; Insects; Sea; Bugs; Ocean


THE DAVENTRY WONDER; SHOWING HOW FARMER B-LL'S BEES ISSUED ..., by AGRICOLA [PSEUD.]    Poem Text            
First Line: "now cynthia shone serene, and every star"
Last Line: "let learned macclesfield say what he will, / spite of new style, we'll keep old christmas still"
Alternate Author Name(s): Agricola
Subject(s): Bees;christmas;farm Life;holidays;insects; "beekeeping;nativity, The;agriculture;farmers;bugs;


THE DEAD BUTTERFLY, by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now I see its whiteness
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE DOODLE-BUGS'S CHARM, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When uncle sidney he comes
Last Line: "come up an' git some bread!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Family Life; Gardens & Gardening; Insects; Relatives; Bugs


THE EARLY BUTTERFLY, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Trusting the first warm day of spring
Last Line: "that hush'd in grim repose, expect their evening prey."
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE EXAMPLE, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here's an example from a butterfly
Last Line: To make a stone a flower.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THE EXHAUSTED BUG; FOR MY FATHER, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here is a tiny., hard-shelled thing. He is the length of a child's tooth, and
Last Line: Father stretched out in his coffin.
Subject(s): Beetles; Curiosities & Wonders; Death; Fathers & Sons; Insects; Enigmas; Oddities; Dead, The; Bugs


THE FLOWER AND THE BUTTERFLY, by VICTOR MARIE HUGO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once to the butterfly a floweret sighed
Last Line: "the sky—the mead."
Subject(s): Butterflies; Flowers; Insects; Bugs


THE FLOWER SPIDER, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You've read of a spider, I suppose
Last Line: The spider's nature goes!
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE GRASSHOPPER AND CRICKET, by JOHN KEATS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The poetry of earth is never dead
Last Line: The grasshopper's among some grassy hills.
Variant Title(s): On The Grasshopper And Cricket
Subject(s): Crickets; Environment; Fields; Grasshoppers; Insects; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Bugs


THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE CRICKET, by JAMES HENRY LEIGH HUNT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Green little vaulter in the sunny grass
Last Line: In doors and out, summer and winter, mirth.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hunt, Leigh
Variant Title(s): To Grasshopper And Cricket;on The Grasshopper And Cricket;to The Grasshopper And The Cricket
Subject(s): Crickets; Grasshoppers; Insects; Bugs


THE GROATSWORTH OF WIT: A CONCEITED FABLE OF THE OLD COMEDIAN AESOP, by ROBERT GREENE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An ant and a grasshopper, walking together on a
Last Line: Without remedy.
Subject(s): Aesop (620?-560? B.c); Ants; Fables; Grasshoppers; Insects; Allegories; Bugs


THE GRUMBLING HIVE; OR, KNAVES TURN'D HONEST, by BERNARD MANDEVILLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A spacious hive well stocked with bees
Last Line: For acorns as for honesty.
Subject(s): Bees; Freedom; Insects; Beekeeping; Liberty; Bugs


THE HEART, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A stumblebum in scree
Last Line: With his throat cut
Subject(s): Butterflies; Hummingbirds; Insects; Bugs


THE HEN AND THE HONEY-BEE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "a lazy hen, -- the story goes"
Last Line: Are doing all the useful labor!
Subject(s): Bees;hens;insects;labor & Laborers; Beekeeping;bugs


THE HOMING BEE, by EMILY PAULINE JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You are belted with gold, little brotherb of mine
Last Line: For others, your gold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tekahionwake
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Metaphor; Nature; Beekeeping; Bugs; Similes


THE HONEY BEE, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O bee, goodby
Last Line: No second sting.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE HONEYBEE, by JAMES LAUGHLIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You do everything, melissa, just the way
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Love; Love - Complaints; Pentastichs; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE HUMBLE BEE, by CATHERINE ANNE DORSET    Poem Text            
First Line: Good morrow, gentle humble bee
Last Line: To bliss again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Catherine Anne
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE HUMBLE-BEE, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Burly, dozing humble-bee, / where thou art is clime for me
Last Line: Thy sleep makes ridiculous.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE HUMMING BIRDS, by ALFRED NOYES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Green wing and ruby throat
Last Line: Sleeps in this bloom; and, when it falls, they go.
Subject(s): Bees; Heaven; Hummingbirds; Insects; Sleep; Summer; Trees; Beekeeping; Paradise; Bugs


THE INTERLUDE, by KARL SHAPIRO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Much of transfiguration that we hear
Subject(s): Insects; Death; Religion; Transfiguration; Bugs; Dead, The; Theology


THE IRATE BEE, by IDA L. PADELFORD    Poem Text            
First Line: Devilish squirmy spider
Last Line: And push my way clean through.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Spiders; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE JEWELS, by MARION J. HEXT    Poem Text            
First Line: This morning, after last night's rain
Last Line: They were drops of dew in a spider's web.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE LANAWN SHEE, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Powdered and perfumed the full bee
Last Line: We two shall move to fairy places.
Subject(s): Bees; Fairies; Happiness; Insects; Ireland; Mythology - Irish; Poppies; Beekeeping; Elves; Joy; Delight; Bugs; Irish


THE LESSON, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother tells little bee
Last Line: Sons of men! Sons of men!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE LINDENS, by GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bees in the lindens booming
Last Line: In three days told.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Nature; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE LOST BUTTERFLY, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text            
First Line: Like some rare flower endowed
Last Line: The welcome music of immortal years.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Nature; Bugs


THE MARCH BEE, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A warning wind finds out my resting-place
Last Line: Still listening to the bee, still basking in the sun.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Bees; England; Insects; Landscape; Beekeeping; English; Bugs


THE MEMORY, by THEODOSIA (PICKERING) GARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Down the little, crooked street that went to meet the sea
Last Line: The blowing grass, the torn nets -- and one girl's scorning.
Alternate Author Name(s): Faulks, Frederick J., Mrs.
Subject(s): Exiles; Insects; Bugs


THE MILLIPEDE, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oi! Oi! Noli me tangere, no argument
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE MINIMAL, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I study the lives on a leaf; the little
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THE MISTAKEN MOTH, by ? WEGENER    Poem Text            
First Line: Mid the summer flush of roses
Last Line: "butterfly!"
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Kisses; Women; Bugs


THE ORPHIC SOUL, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: As I walk slowly along
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Self; Soul; Bugs


THE PARLIAMENT OF BEES, by JOHN DAY    Poem Text            
First Line: Abroad, my pretty bees: I hope you'll find
Last Line: From forth our wingèd commonwealth.
Subject(s): Bees; Fantasy; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE PARLOR AND THE FLY, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Will you walk into the spider?
Last Line: "he will have no room to spin."
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE PINEAPPLES AND THE BEE, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The pineapples, in triple row
Last Line: Can gather honey from a weed.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Pineapples; Truth; Wisdom; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 159, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On cold mountain there's a naked bug
Last Line: Ready to strike troublesome foes
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Buddhism; Chinese Literature; Insects; Swords; Wisdom; Buddha; Buddhists; Bugs


THE PRESENT: OR THE BAG OF THE BEE, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fly to my mistresse, pretty pilfring bee
Last Line: Tole forth my death; next, to my buryall come.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE QUEEN-BEE FLIES, by LEONORA SPEYER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: High on the breeze flies the virgin-queen of the hive!
Last Line: With your low, slow song, praising -- praising -- eternity-long!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE ROSE AND THE BEE, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If I were a bee and you were a rose
Last Line: "if you were a bee."
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Roses; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SECRET OF THE BEES, by LOUISA SARAH BEVINGTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How have you managed it? Bright busy bee!
Last Line: And we got our good habits through sheer common-sense.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SHEPHERD BOY (2), by JOHN CLARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The fly or beetle on their track
Last Line: The summer long his whole employ --
Subject(s): Insects; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Bugs


THE SILKWORM AND THE CATERPILLAR; FROM YRIARTE, by JOHN GODFREY SAXE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once on a time -- if tales are true
Last Line: The caterpillar of my story!
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Criticism & Critics; Insects; Bugs


THE SOUND, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was a boy at this time of year
Last Line: I said, if only I could hear them.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Nature; Sound; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SPIDER, by EDWARD LITTLETON    Poem Text            
First Line: Artist, that underneath my table / thy curious feature hast displayed
Last Line: Ends both the spider and the poet.
Subject(s): Animals; Butterflies; Insects; Spiders; Wings; Bugs


THE SPIDER, by JANE TAYLOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, look at that great ugly spider!' said ann
Last Line: "that a poor little spider is wiser than you. "
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE SPIDER AND THE BEE, by EDWARD MOORE (1712-1757)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The nymph who walks the public streets
Last Line: By folly your own schemes undo.'
Subject(s): Beauty; Bees; Charm; Desire; Insects; Spiders; Women; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SPIDER AND THE BEE (A TALE FOR THE TIMES), by LOUISA SARAH BEVINGTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He had closed his volume of theorie
Last Line: This story one tiny superfluous token.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Philosophy & Philosophers; Spiders; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, by MARY HOWITT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Will you walk into my parlor?' said the spider to the fly
Last Line: The fly.
Alternate Author Name(s): Botham, Mary
Subject(s): Flattery; Insects; Spiders; Vanity; Bugs


THE SPIDER WEB, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text            
First Line: To-night I am very happy
Last Line: I have taken long in the spinning.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Weariness; Bugs; Fatigue


THE SPINNERS, by ANNE GOODWIN WINSLOW    Poem Text            
First Line: Spider, spinning in the sun
Last Line: That flies no more by day!
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE STUDY OF A SPIDER, by JOHN BYRNE LEICESTER WARREN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From holy flower to holy flower
Last Line: And from their gibbets take thy dead.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lancaster, William P.; Preston, George F.; De Tabley, 3d Baron; De Tabley, Lord
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


THE SUGAR-CANE: CRESCENDO, by JAMES GRAINGER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And pity the poor planter when the blast
Last Line: Bugs of uncommon shape.
Subject(s): Fields; Insects; Nature; Plague; Plantation Life; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Bugs


THE SWARM, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Somebody is shooting at something in our town
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Beekeeping; Bugs


THE TAX-GATHERER, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And pray, who are you?
Last Line: "have you nothing for me?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Taxes; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE TICKLE RHYME, by IAN SERRAILLIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Who's that tickling my back?' said the wall
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


THE TOAD AND SPIDER; A DUEL, by RICHARD LOVELACE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Upon a day when the dog-star
Last Line: Of his fair aid a monument.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Toads; Bugs


THE TULIP AND THE LILY, SELECTION, by JAMES BARCLAY    Poem Text            
First Line: To these proud taunts and more beside
Last Line: "perfumes e'en cloe's fragrant breath."
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Lilies; Beekeeping; Bugs


THE WEDDING, by CONRAD AIKEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At noon, tithonus, withered by his singing
Last Line: Woke from the nap, forgetting him; and ate him.
Subject(s): Insects; Love - Nature Of; Mythology - Classical; Spiders; Bugs


THE WHIMS OF THE AMOROUS; A TRUE STORY, REPATED AFTER OLD DOCUMENTS, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Upon the hedge the beetle sits sadly
Last Line: Poor bride has long been dead and rotten.
Subject(s): Insects; Love; Marriage; Bugs; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WHITE BEES, by HENRY VAN DYKE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Long ago apollo called to aristaeus
Last Line: Joy and pain of seeking, -- and at last we sleep!
Alternate Author Name(s): Civis Americanus
Subject(s): Bees; Greece; Insects; Paganism & Pagans; Beekeeping; Greeks; Bugs


THE WOODTICKS, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There's things out in the forest
Last Line: A-crawlin' thro' yer hair.
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Forests; Insects; Spiders; Trees; Worms; Woods; Bugs


THE YALLER JACKETS' NEST, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If I could only wander back
Last Line: Round the yaller jackets' nest.
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


THOMAS MERTON AND THE WINTER MARSH, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I went out of the house to smoke. A thousand
Last Line: And mother of christ.
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Cold; Insects; Merton, Thomas (1915-1968); Spiders; Bugs


THREE ANIMALS: THE BUTTERFLY, by RON PADGETT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterfly / flies up like pow
Last Line: "like a womanís face to pow
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THREE BUGS, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Three little bugs in a basket
Last Line: And leave no bug in the cold!
Subject(s): Insects; Bugs


THREE LEIS FOR A PARTING, by WALKER WINSLOW    Poem Text            
First Line: Not of the flower of ginger, nor of gardenias
Last Line: Pigments the pastels of our waters at dusk.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


THREE PENGUIN CATERPILLARS, by CATHERINE B. TOOSEY    Poem Text            
First Line: Three caterpillars poised: together straight
Last Line: Erect, with white broad breasts and flippers stretched.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


TO A BEE, by NORMAN ROWLAND GALE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Columbus in velvet, / this afternoon sunny
Last Line: America blooming!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO A BEE, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Small epicurean, would to heaven that I
Last Line: Still sips and sings the springtide hours away!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO A BEE, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou wert out betimes, thou busy busy bee
Last Line: Woe then for thee, thou busy busy bee!
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Labor & Laborers; Nature - Religious Aspects; Teaching & Teachers; Beekeeping; Bugs; Work; Workers


TO A BUTTERFLY, by GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE    Poem Text            
First Line: Butterfly
Last Line: While with thee I wander!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Nature - Religious Aspects; Wandering & Wanderers; Bugs; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


TO A BUTTERFLY, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Little fluttering beauteous fly
Last Line: For short thy moments of delight.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


TO A BUTTERFLY, by JAMES INGRAM MERRILL            Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Already in midsummer / I miss your feet and fur
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


TO A BUTTERFLY (1), by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I've watched you now a full half-hour
Last Line: As twenty days are now.
Variant Title(s): To A Butterfly
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Time; Bugs


TO A BUTTERFLY IN A WINDOW, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Escaped thy place of wintry rest
Last Line: And all thou know'st of life be good.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


TO A CHALK-BLUE, by PATRICK REGINALD CHALMERS    Poem Text            
First Line: Butterflies, butterflies, delicate downy ones
Last Line: Oh, bold little, old little, blue bit of june!
Subject(s): Blue (color); Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


TO A GREEN-CHAFER, ON A WHITE ROSE, by CHARLOTTE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You dwell within a lovely bower
Last Line: With baseness and ingratitude.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Beetles; Insects; Bugs


TO A HONEY BEE, by PHILIP FRENEAU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou, born to sip the lake or spring
Last Line: We'll tell the hive, you died afloat.
Variant Title(s): On A Honey Bee;the Honey Bee
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO A HONEY-BEE, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Busy-body, busy-body
Last Line: And turn my work to play.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO A LOUSE, ON SEEING ONE ON A LADY'S BONNET AT CHURCH, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ha! Whare ye gaun, ye crowlin ferlie!
Last Line: And ev'n devotin!
Subject(s): Insects; Lice; Bugs


TO A POET-CRITIC, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, - the bee sings - I confess it
Last Line: Ef he didn't have no stinger.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Bees; Criticism & Critics; Heaven; Insects; Singing & Singers; Beekeeping; Paradise; Bugs


TO A SPIDER, by JESSIE GRAY SHERMAN    Poem Text            
First Line: Oh king of silken fabrics, filmy fine
Last Line: What priceless lessons to mankind are taught.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


TO A SPIDER, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Spider! Thou need'st not run in fear about
Last Line: I spin my brains.
Subject(s): Insects; Poetry & Poets; Spiders; Bugs


TO A STEAM ROLLER, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The illustration
Last Line: The congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Steamrollers; Bugs


TO A WILD BEE, by MARY ANN BROWNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Roamer of the mountain
Last Line: And thou, thou murmuring bee! Should chorus o'er my grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gray, James, Mrs.; Gray, Mary Anne Browne
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO AN ANGRY BEE, by JOHN CLARE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Malicious insect, little vengeful bee
Last Line: Crops sorrow's weed, and treads on pleasure's flower.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO AN INSECT, by OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I love to hear thine earnest voice
Last Line: Than many a kate has done.
Variant Title(s): Katydid
Subject(s): Insects; Katydids; Bugs


TO MRS. PRIESTLEY, WITH SOME DRAWINGS OF BIRDS AND INSECTS, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Amanda bids; at her command again
Last Line: Yet far, far dearer were the name of friend.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Drawing; Birds; Insects; Bugs


TO THE BEE BALM, by JOHN BURROUGHS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Unmoved I saw you blooming
Last Line: That mirrored maid and flower.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO THE BEES, by PIERRE DE RONSARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh whither, honey-bees
Last Line: My life that nourish
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Kisses; Life; Lips; Spring; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO THE BURNIE BEE, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Blithe son of summer, furl thy filmy wing
Last Line: Fit for the spring that waits beyond the tomb.
Subject(s): Future Life; Insects; Ladybirds; Nature - Religious Aspects; Spring; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Bugs; Ladybugs


TO THE BUTTERFLY, by SAMUEL ROGERS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Child of the sun! Pursue thy rapturous flight
Last Line: To burst a seraph in the blaze of day!
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


TO THE LADY-BIRD, by CATHERINE ANNE DORSET    Poem Text            
First Line: Oh! Lady-bird, lady-bird, why dost thou roam
Last Line: No more from your nest, and your children to roam.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Catherine Anne
Subject(s): Insects; Ladybirds; Bugs; Ladybugs


TO THE LADYBIRD, by MOTHER GOOSE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Last Line: The warming pan.
Variant Title(s): "the Ladybird;""ladybug, Ladybug"";
Subject(s): Insects; Ladybirds; Bugs; Ladybugs


TO THE QUEEN OF THE BEES, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bee! Tell me, whence do you come?
Last Line: A honeycombe.
Variant Title(s): The Messenger
Subject(s): Bees; Honeycombs; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


TO THE SPIDER, by THOMAS RUSSELL (1762-1788)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ingenious insect, but of ruthless mould
Last Line: Then most delighted, when his prey is man.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Bugs


TRANSFORMATION, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The butterflies are buttercups, wind-blown
Last Line: Are butterflies flight-weary, seeking rest.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Fields; Insects; Summer; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Bugs


TRIVIAL DETAIL, by VIOLET HELEN FRIEDLAENDER    Poem Text            
First Line: Floating on the water in the a.R.P. Bucket
Last Line: Extraordinarily happy.
Subject(s): Insects; Ladybirds; Life; War; Bugs; Ladybugs


TWO SONGS: 1, by PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A bee that was searching for sweets one day
Last Line: For to love is sweet, so sweet.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Robins; Beekeeping; Bugs


TWO VOYAGERS, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two butterflies went out at noon
Last Line: Report was not to me.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


UP THE DARK VALLEY, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: After the lean road looping the narrow river
Last Line: The birds of darkness sang back every call
Subject(s): Flies; Insects; Locusts; Spiders; Bugs


UPON A MOLE IN CELIA'S BOSOM, by THOMAS CAREW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: That lovely spot which thou dost see
Last Line: Of the bee's honey and her sting.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Mole (skin Growth); Beekeeping; Bugs


UPON A SPIDER CATCHING A FLY, by EDWARD TAYLOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou sorrow, venom elf
Last Line: For joy.
Subject(s): Flies; Insects; Puritans In Literature; Spiders; Bugs


WALNUTS, by OUIDA LOUISE CHEYNEY    Poem Text            
First Line: Walnuts must be cocoons
Last Line: A butterfly.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Walnuts; Bugs


WEATHER WISE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: If bees stay at home / rain will soon come
Last Line: Fine will be the day
Variant Title(s): Bees;the Prophets Of The Hive
Subject(s): Bees;insects;weather; Beekeeping;bugs


WEBS, by MARY SINTON LEITCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I weave a web of song to snare
Last Line: Will flash a word, a song, a wing.
Subject(s): Insects; Spiders; Weaving & Weavers; Bugs


WILD BEES, by JAMES KEIR BAXTER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Often in summer, on a tarred bridge plank standing
Alternate Author Name(s): Hemi; Baxter, James K.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


WILD GOATS, by ANICE PAGE COOPER    Poem Text            
First Line: The moon is full but it won't spill over
Last Line: Hearts never do.
Subject(s): Bees; Girls; Hearts; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Bugs


WILD HONEY, by RAYMOND HOLDEN    Poem Text            
First Line: Still in my fingers the stings
Last Line: And a starless breeze.
Alternate Author Name(s): Holden, Raymond Peckham
Subject(s): Bees; Honey; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


WILD HONEY, by JAMES MAURICE THOMPSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where hints of racy sap and gum
Last Line: The pollen-dust of centuries!
Alternate Author Name(s): Thompson, Maurice
Subject(s): Bees; Honey; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


WILD-ROSES, by WILLIAM SHARP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the dim hot summer blue
Last Line: And brown bees drone their honey-call.
Alternate Author Name(s): Macleod, Fiona
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Roses; Summer; Beekeeping; Bugs


WINGS, by MINNIE S. HUNTER    Poem Text            
First Line: A butterfly with velvet wings that go
Last Line: One blew down and remained to slumber.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


WINGS OF LACE, by HILDEGARDE FRIED DREPS    Poem Text            
First Line: Pasque flowers hide within their hearts of gold
Last Line: To seed-pearls which take flight on wings of lace.
Subject(s): Bees; Flowers; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs


WINTER BUTTERFLIES, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text            
First Line: The snowflakes flutter all around
Last Line: To visit boys and girls they love.
Subject(s): Butterflies; Children; Insects; Snow; Childhood; Bugs


WINTERING, by SYLVIA PLATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is the easy time, there is nothing doing
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bees; Insects; Beekeeping; Bugs