October 28, 2004

Hay poetry: checklist.

Over one hundred poems on hay are listed here. To find the text of a listed poem, click on the poet's name.

Early hay poems from Lydgate to Hood.

John Lydgate (c1370-c1451).
“That now is hay some-tyme was grase” c 1400.

Thomas Tusser (1524?-1580).
“Iulies Abstract”
from Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie 1580.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674).
“To Meadows”

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678 ).
Verses from “Upon Appleton House to my Lord Fairfax”

James Thomson (1700-1748).
"Summer" from The Seasons

Robert Dodsley (1703-1764).
“Agriculture. A Poem”

James Grahame (1765-1811).
“June” from British Georgics

Samuel Woodworth (1784-1842).
“The Hay-makers”

Thomas Hood (1799-1845).
“That Flesh is Grass is Now as Clear as Day”

Thomas Hood (1799-1845).
"Miss Killmansegg and Her Precious Leg. A Legend"




John Clare poems on hay.

John Clare (1793-1864).
“Haymaking”

John Clare (1793-1864).
“Haymaking” [sonnet]

John Clare (1793-1864).
“The Meadow Hay”

John Clare (1793-1864).
“To Julia”

John Clare (1793-1864).
“Ballad [We’ll walk among the the tedded hay]”




Hay poems in the vernacular of William Barnes.

William Barnes (1801-1886).
“Round Things”

William Barnes (1801-1886).
“Hay-Meaken”

William Barnes (1801-1886).
“Hay-Carren”

William Barnes (1801-1886).
“Hay-Meaken. Nunchen Time”

William Barnes (1801-1886).
“Between Haymaking and Harvest”



Hay poets born in the early nineteenth century.

Robert Nicoll (1814-1837).
“The Making o’ the Hay”

Thomas English (1819-1902).
“Haymaking”

Dora Greenwell(1821-1882).
“Haymaking”

William Allingham(1824-1889).
“To the Author of 'Hesperides'”

Emily Dickinson(1830-1886).
“The Grass”

William Morris(1834-1896).
“The Half of Life Gone”

Andrew Lang(1844-1912).
"Scythe Song"

Will Carleton(1845-1912).
“The Boy in the Mow”

John Keegan Casey(1846-1870).
“The Making of the Hay”

George Barlow(1847-1914).
“The Hay-fields on the Cliff-top”

Michael Field(1848-1914).
“The Hayfield”




Marsh hay poems of John Frederic Herbin.

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“Haying”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“The Dyke”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“The Night-mower”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“The Sea Harvest”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“Scowing”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“In the Rain”

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“Aftermath” [sonnet]

John Frederic Herbin (1860-1923).
“Aftermath” ["August is hot in the flood of an ardent sun"]




Hay poets born in the late nineteenth century.

Robert Richardson.
“A Haycart in the City”

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).
“The Hayloft”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
“Symphony in Yellow”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
“Impression du Matin”

Carman Bliss (1861-1929).
“The Blue Heron”

Katharine Tynan (1861-1931).
“Haymaking”

Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1926).
“We Shall Be Changed”

Edward Thomas (1878-1917).
“Haymaking”

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).
“Haymaking”

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930).
“Dog-tired”

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930).
“Leaves of Grass, Flowers of Grass”

Andrew Young (1885-1971).
“The Haystack”

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982).
“New England Weather”

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950).
“The Gardener in Haying Time”

Robert Graves (1895-1985).
“It's a Queer Time”




Frost on the hay.

Robert Frost (1874-1963).
“The Code”

Robert Frost (1874-1963).
“Mowing”

Robert Frost (1874-1963).
“The Exposed Nest”

Robert Frost (1874-1963).
“The Death of the Hired Man”




Twentieth century hay poets born before 1940.

Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967).
“Shancoduff”

Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982).
“Sottoportico San Zaccaria”

Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982).
“Rogation Days”

Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982).
“Hojoki”

E. J. Scovell (1907- ).
“The Half-Mown Meadow”

William Stafford (1907- ).
“Hay-Cutters”

William Stafford (1907- ).
“American Gothic”

William Stafford (1907- ).
“An Argument Against The Empirical Method”


Louis MacNeice (1907-1963).
"Eclogue by a Five-barred Gate"

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963).
"Last before America"

William Everson (1912-1994).
"And Do the Indulgent Lovers"

Jean Garrigue (1912-1972).
"This Swallow's Empire"

Jean Garrigue (1912-1972).
“Invitation to a Hay”

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-).
“Haying Before Storm”

Maxine Kumin (1925-).
“Hay”

Hayden Carruth (1926-).
“The Baler”

Hayden Carruth (1926-).
“Emergency Haying”

James Arlington Wright (1927-).
“Lament for my Brother on a Hayrake”

Galway Kinnell (1927-).
“Farm Picture”

Thom Gunn (1929-2004).
“At the Back of the North Wind”

Gary Snyder (1930-).
“Hay for the Horses”




Hay poems by Hughes and Heaney.

Ted Hughes (1930-1998).
“Hay”

Ted Hughes (1930-1998).
“Feeding Out – Wintering Cattle at Twilight”

Ted Hughes (1930-1998).
“Surprise”

Ted Hughes (1930-1998).
“Last Load”

Seamus Heaney (1939-).
“Storm on the Island”

Seamus Heaney (1939-).
“Fodder”

Seamus Heaney (1939-).
The last lines of “The Loose Box”





Hay poems of the late twentieth century.

Tom Montag (1947-).
"Making Hay"

Bin Ramke (1947-).
“The Movement of Birds like Years”

Timothy Steele (1948-).
"Timothy"

Paul Muldoon (1951-).
“Hay”

Paul Muldoon (1951-).
“The Plot”

Paul Muldoon (1951-).
“Third Epistle to Timothy” [part V]

John Kinsella (1963-).
“Wrapping the Hay”

John Kinsella (1963-).
“The Burning of the Haystacks”

Robert Kinsley.
"After Scything"

Chip Stringer.
“Where the hay is now comes to me”

Cristiane Jacox Kyle.
“Dialog in Jordan, Montana”

Jim Thomas .
“Hay Crop”

Philip Hodgins .
“Standard Hay Bales”

Tom Hansen.
“Haystack at Sunset near Giverny”

Charles Cantrell.
“Silage”

Dennis O’Driscoll.
“Hay”

Edwina Powell.
“Hay”

Chris Agee.
“Dark Hay”

Maureen Choi.
“Inhale/breath/away”

Amber West.
“The Hay Barn”

Michael Wolfe.
“Morning in Mostar : 1997”

Robert Pack.
“Baled Hay”




Hay poems in popular magazines, since 1798.

Anonymous.
“Description of Hay-making”
Philadelphia Monthly Magazine v1 n5 (May 1798) p.284.

Thomas E. Garrett.
“Raking Hay”
The Aldine: The Art Journal of America v7 n7 (July 1, 1874).

Dora Reade Goodale.
“Hay-making”
Scribner’s Monthly v17 n1 (November 1878), p.86.

Samuel M. Peck.
“At the Making of the Hay”
Current Literature v1 n4 (October 1888) p.328.

Stanley Waterloo.
“A Load of Hay”
Current Literature v2 n2 (February 1889), p.172.

Zitella Cocke.
“Love-making in Hay-making”
Century Illustrated Magazine v40 n3 (July 1890) p. 480.

Katharine Pyle.
“In the Hay-Mow”
Harper’s Bazaar v33 (December 22 1900) p. 2170.

Alice E. Allen.
“Make Hay While the Sun Shines”
Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine v84, n500 (August 1909), p.262.

Witter Bynner.
“Hay Wagon”
Harper’s v158 (January, 1929), p. 249.

Robert Francis.
“Hay”
Harper’s v173 (July 1936), p. 165.

Elizabeth Coatsworth.
“Salt Hay”
Woman’s Home Companion v63 (October 1936) p. 35.





Posted by Alan Ritch at October 28, 2004 02:35 PM