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Garden Poems

A Collection of Classic Poems Inspired by Gardening and Garden Environments

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Overlooking Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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The idea of a garden, a cultivated enclosure, has always been important in poetic imagination, as parable, as metaphor for human activity, as sanctuary, going all the way back to the original garden, the Biblical Garden of Eden. And the activity of gardening lends itself inevitably to metaphors of human work, human influence on the natural world, and all the natural processes of life, growth, senescence and death. Here’s our collection of classic poems in English that draw on the spirit, the work and the experience of garden cultivation, and the special environment that results, an actual or metaphorical garden.

 

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