Famous Family Poems

Classic Family Poems by Famous Poets

To be part of a family is to be in a relationship. There is an opportunity for a closeness and trust that cannot occur outside family. With this possibility for closeness is the possibility of hatred and estrangement. It is not easy to maintain positive relationships with those that we are naturally closest to. There are tensions that exist between family members that are not present in other relationships. Being in close proximity means that you know a person's great attributes as well as their faults. Maintaining family relationships are a tremendous challenge.


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  1. The Stick-Together Families

    The Stick-Together Families By Edgar Albert Guest

    The stick-together families are happier by far
    Than the brothers and the sisters who take separate highways are.
    The gladdest people living are the wholesome folks who make
    A circle at the fireside that no power but death can break.

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    I was trying to come up with something to post on Facebook so my 2 sons could read it. They're 27 & 29 years old, and we're very close. I wanted to say something about family that would touch...

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  3. Life's Scars

    Life's Scars By Ella Wheeler Wilcox


    They say the world is round, and yet
    I often think it square,
    So many little hurts we get
    From corners here and there.

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  4. Home

    Home By Edgar Albert Guest

    It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
    A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
    Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind,
    An' hunger fer 'em somehow, with 'em allus on yer mind.

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  6. The Little Boy And Old Man

    The Little Boy And Old Man By Shel Silverstein

    Said the little boy, sometimes I drop my spoon.
    Said the little old man, I do that too.
    The little boy whispered, I wet my pants.
    I do too, laughed the old man.

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  7. Mother To Son

    Mother To Son By Langston Hughes

    Well, son, I'll tell you:
    Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
    It's had tacks in it,
    And splinters,

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    I was about to cash in my chips. I was sick and tired of being tired. Of no appreciation or respect for all I did, am doing and trying to do for family, friends, God, and the church. I served...

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  8. The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Between the dark and the daylight,
    When the night is beginning to lower,
    Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
    That is known as the Children's Hour.

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  10. A Father To His Son

    A Father To His Son By Carl Sandburg

    A father sees his son nearing manhood.
    What shall he tell that son?
    "Life is hard; be steel; be a rock."
    And this might stand him for the storms...

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  11. A Cradle Song

    A Cradle Song By William Blake

    Sweet dreams form a shade
    O'er my lovely infant's head;
    Sweet dreams of pleasant streams
    By happy, silent, moony beams....

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    Family where life begins and love never ends.

  12. Nurse's Song

    Nurse's Song By William Blake

    When the voices of children are heard on the green,
    And laughing is heard on the hill,
    My heart is at rest within my breast,
    And everything else is still....

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    It's so great. I read this poem when I was in 7th grade. I love it so much.

  13. My Papa's Waltz

    My Papa's Waltz By Theodore Roethke

    The whiskey on your breath
    Could make a small boy dizzy;
    But I hung on like death:
    Such waltzing was not easy.

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