10 of the Best Poems about Mothers

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The best poems about motherhood

Looking for a classic poem for Mother’s Day? Look no further. Whilst sentimental rhymes and rather sappy doggerel fills many a Mothering Sunday greetings card, these ten poems represent some of the best statements about mothers and motherhood ever written.

Ann Taylor, ‘My Mother’. Ann’s sister Jane Taylor (1783-1824) is best-remembered for having written the words to the children’s rhyme ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, but this poem, written by Ann, is also well-known and has been much imitated and parodied. It takes the form of a question-and-answer back-and-forth where the answer is always ‘my mother’.

John Greenleaf Whittier, ‘Tribute to Mother’. In this short poem, the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92) recalls the time when he was a small child and sat beside his mother’s knee. The poet’s mother restrained his ‘selfish moods’ and taught him a ‘chastening love’.

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One thought on “10 of the Best Poems about Mothers

  1. STAM FASOULAKIS says:

    Hi Morgen, excellent poems about Mother’s day. In Greece it is celebrated on the 13th of May (when do you celebrate it in UK?).
    Obviously I cannot compete with those “superstars” of poetry, however here is a short poem of mine:
    MOTHER’S DAY
    Mother is one and only
    as we all say commonly.
    She for you will always stand up
    if sadness or joy comes up.
    A mother is a source of life
    that do not forget in your life,
    so give her a hug and kiss
    to make her happy don’t miss.

    I follow your articles in your site since the day you started.

    Kind regards
    Your Greek follower
    Stam Fassoulakis

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