Be inspired by these short poems about school. Our school days can be the best day of our lives. But like life, school can have its ups and downs. Here you will find poetry about the first day of school, feelings of school ending and vacation time, poems about the
end of school and
also you will find a collection of
poems written by famous poets about school.
Depending on our age we either love or hate school. And sometimes as we age school getters harder or easier. It goes without saying children need their education to give them a good foundation for life. The experiences we have in school will follow us throughout our lives. And many times as we get older we look back and realize that our school days were the best days of our lives. May these poems be ones that you share with
children to inspire them to learn all they can and do their best!
Oh I recall my school filled days
I now realize how much it pays
To learn and get an education
It truly gives you a good foundation.
Life will teach you many things
Ups and downs and many swings
But the learning that I got at school
Has made me not anyone's fool.
So learn all you can while you're in school
Don't worry about being so cool.
Always do your very best
And life will take care of the rest.
Poet: Eleanor Farjeon
All the small children and big ones as well,
Pulling their stockings up, snatching their hats,
Cheeking and grumbling and giving back-chats,
Laughing and quarreling, dropping their things,
These at a snail’s pace and those upon wings,
Lagging behind a bit, running ahead,
Waiting at corners for lights to turn red,
Some of them scurrying,
Others not worrying,
Carelessly trudging or anxiously hurrying,
All through the streets they are coming pell-mell
At the Nine-o'clock Bell!
To be successful in school
Don't clown around and act like a fool
Have a learning attitude
Be full of gratitude.
Ask the questions, learn all you can
Determine what you want and have a plan
These are the best days of your life
Don't fill them with foolishness and strife.
Your teachers only want the best
That is why they give you the test.
They want success for you
In your life and all you do.
The choice is yours to make
You can learn or be a fake
When you look back you will see
That it prepared you for your degree!
Try to be cheerful and kind, bringing pleasure into
the lives of those at home and at school.
A Child's Thoughts
Poet: Robert Louis Stevenson
I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day,
I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play,
And now at last the sun is going down behind the wood,
And I am very happy, for I know that I’ve been good.
School enough, I am going to quit
I have had enough I am going to split
Why do I have to go,
What do I have to show?
I talked about this to friends of mine
They did not think quitting would be fine
They said, "What will you do
No education, no job for you."
I thought about the words they said
And even though school I dread
I need this education to survive
I will change my attitude and thrive.
Going To School
Poet: M. E. B.
Dear little one good-bye, a pleasant walk for you
On a summer morning early.
When the flowers and the grass are wet with dew,
That hangs in little drops so pearly.
The sun is shining bright, and the birds so sweetly sing.
As you walk to the school every morning;
And always are in time, e'er the bell begins to ring,
"Dull sleep and your downy bed scorning."
Both the Latin and the French are quite difficult I know,
But my brother conquers each of them with gladness;
And how nice it is to think that a clever boy he'll grow,
For he knows to be a dunce would give us sadness.
Once more I say "good-bye," I will think of you the while
You are busily engaged knowledge earning,
And when at evening you return, friends will greet you with a smile.
To welcome you from study and from learning.
The Old Red Schoolhouse
Poet: Howard Carleton Tripp
There it stood many years by the edge of the grove,
On the brow of a beautiful hill;
Not quite a fit object for children to love,
It was built without beauty or skill.
Its weather-worn siding was once painted red
Its windows were dirty, and black was the door;
The pupils it sheltered are nearly all dead,
They never will scuffle again on its floor.
It stood there defiant through winter's bleak hours.
Its shingles were rotten from time and decay;
In summer the dooryard was gaudy with flowers.
Where the children would scamper and merrily play;
Its chimney was battered and broken with stones,
Its benches were whittied in comic relief ;
Whenever I pass it the doleful wind moans
Through the rafters, so old, like a spirit of grief.
Its half-plastered walls were smoky and brown,
The ceiling overhead was the color of slate;
'Twas here they assembled, — the best of the town,
On long winter evenings in earnest debate.
'Twas here that the preacher each Sabbath would come,
And dolefully mumble his time-honored prayers,
And preach a long sermon on our final home,
That lightened our purses, and also our cares.
'Twas here the schoolmaster would pummel the boys,
And fevor the maidens in all of their ways;
'Twas here that the children of mischief and noise
Spent many glad hours, the best of their days.
From its door the black hearses wound over the hill,
And carried their burdens of sorrow away;
And now the old house is deserted and still,
'Tis sunk into ruins, and gone to decay.
A School Break
Poet: E. K. Linton
Into the yard a rush of little feet;
And then the summer air enshrines delight
Of children's laughter in its fall and flight;
While the sun shines more gaily, since such sweet
Divine fair faces turn like flowers to greet
His gentle gaze, and his gold beams may light
In tender kisses slow and exquisite
On their soft mouths that smile beneath his heat.
Ah, sweeter far, I ween, to the Lord's ear
This joyous laughter than the solemn hymn
Of white-robed choir in measured melody
Pacing the aisle of some cathedral dim;
Nay, for God surely smiles and counts most dear
Of all his wealth this childish ecstasy.
Poems About School by Famous Poets
Afternoon in School - The Last Lesson
Poet: D. H. Lawrence
When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?
How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart
My pack of unruly hounds: I cannot start
Them again on a quarry of knowledge they hate to hunt,
I can haul them and urge them no more.
No more can I endure to bear the brunt
Of the books that lie out on the desks: a full three score
Of several insults of blotted pages and scrawl
Of slovenly work that they have offered me.
I am sick, and tired more than any thrall
Upon the woodstacks working weariedly.
And shall I take
The last dear fuel and heap it on my soul
Till I rouse my will like a fire to consume
Their dross of indifference, and burn the scroll
Of their insults in punishment? - I will not!
I will not waste myself to embers for them,
Not all for them shall the fires of my life be hot,
For myself a heap of ashes of weariness, till sleep
Shall have raked the embers clear: I will keep
Some of my strength for myself, for if I should sell
It all for them, I should hate them -
I will sit and wait for the bell.
I'd like to hunt the Injuns 'at roam the boundless less plain!
I'd like to be a pirate an' plough the ragin' main
An' capture some big island, in lordly pomp to rule,
But I just can't be nothin' 'cause I got to go to school.
'Most all great men, so I have read, has been the ones 'at got
The least amount o' learnin' by a flickerin' pitchpine knot;
An' many a darin' boy like me grows up to be a fool.
An' never 'mounts to nothin' 'cause he's got to go to school.
I'd like to be a cowboy an' rope the Texas steer!
I'd like to be a sleuth-houn' er a bloody buccaneer!
An' leave the foe to welter where their blood had made a pool,
But how kin I git famous? 'cause I got to go to school.
I don't see how my parents kin make the big mistake
O' keepin' down a boy like me 'at 's got a name to make.
It ain't no wonder boys is bad an' balky as a mule;
Life ain't worth livin' if you've got to waste your time in school.
I 'd like to be regarded as " The Terror of the Plains! "
I'd like to hear my victims shriek an' clank their prison-chains!
I'd like to face the enemy with gaze serene an' cool,
An' wipe 'em off the earth! but, pshaw! I got to go to school.
What good is 'rithmatic an' things exceptin' just fer girls
Er them there Fauntleroys 'at wears their hair in twisted curls?
An' if my name is never seen on hist'ry's page, why, you'll
Remember 'at it's all just 'cause I got to go to school.
I go to school and try to read.
But it is very hard!
I'd so much rather stay at home,
And play here in the yard.
But Mother says that I must learn.
And try to be content;
For maybe some day when I'm grown
I'll be the President!
Poet: William Blake
I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!
But to go to school in a summer morn, -
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.
Ah then at times I drooping sit,
And spend many an anxious hour;
Nor in my book can I take delight,
Nor sit in learning's bower,
Worn through with the dreary shower.
How can the bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child, when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing,
And forget his youthful spring!
O father and mother if buds are nipped,
And blossoms blown away;
And if the tender plants are stripped
Of their joy in the springing day,
By sorrow and care's dismay, -
How shall the summer arise in joy,
Or the summer fruits appear?
Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
Or bless the mellowing year,
When the blasts of winter appear?
Poet: John Greenleaf Whittier
Still sits the school-house by the road,
A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow,
And blackberry-vines are creeping.
Within, the master's desk is seen,
Deep-scarred by raps official;
The warping floor, the battered seats,
The jack-knife's carved initial;
The charcoal frescoes on its wall;
Its door's worn sill, betraying
The feet that, creeping slow to school,
Went storming out to playing!
Long years ago a winter sun
Shone over it at setting;
Lit up its western window-panes,
And low eaves' icy fretting.
It touched the tangled golden curls,
And brown eyes full of grieving,
Of one who still her steps delayed
When all the school were leaving.
For near it stood the little boy
Her childish favor singled;
His cap pulled low upon a face
Where pride and shame were mingled.
Pushing with restless feet the snow
To right and left, he lingered;--
As restlessly her tiny hands
The blue-checked apron fingered.
He saw her lift her eyes; he felt
The soft hand's light caressing,
And heard the tremble of her voice,
As if a fault confessing.
"I'm sorry that I spelt the word:
I hate to go above you,
Because," - the brown eyes lower fell, -
"Because, you see, I love you!"
Still memory to a gray-haired man
That sweet child-face is showing.
Dear girl! the grasses on her grave
Have forty years been growing!
He lives to learn, in life's hard school,
How few who pass above him
Lament their triumph and his loss,
Like her, because they love him.
On Old Man's Thought Of School
Poet: Walt Whitman
An old man, gathering youthful memories and blooms, that youth itself cannot.
Now only do I know you!
O fair auroral skies! O morning dew upon the grass!
And these I see - these sparkling eyes,
These stores of mystic meaning--these young lives,
Building, equipping, like a fleet of ships - immortal ships!
Soon to sail out over the measureless seas,
On the Soul's voyage.
Only a lot of boys and girls?
Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes?
Only a Public School?
Ah more--infinitely more;
(As George Fox rais'd his warning cry, "Is it this pile of brick and
mortar--these dead floors, windows, rails--you call the church?
Why this is not the church at all--the Church is living, ever living
And you, America,
Cast you the real reckoning for your present?
The lights and shadows of your future--good or evil?
To girlhood, boyhood look--the Teacher and the School.