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. 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.

    Life's Scars By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. One Sister Have I In Our House

    One Sister Have I In Our House By Emily Dickinson

    One Sister have I in our house,
    And one, a hedge away.
    There's only one recorded,
    But both belong to me....

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  11. A Holiday

    A Holiday By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    The Wife
    The house is like a garden,
    The children are the flowers,
    The gardener should come methinks

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