I’m delighted to share with you this handpicked collection of the best poems about angels. As someone who’s always been captivated by their ethereal beauty and divine mystery, I find these poems particularly enchanting. They are not just words on a page, but intricate tapestries of emotion and imagery, each stanza painting a vivid picture of these celestial beings. From the nurturing touch of guardian angels to the formidable grandeur of archangels, poets have captured their sublime essence in a manner that resonates with our deepest emotions. This compilation is a tribute to that timeless allure, a celebration of the angelic presence in literature. So, make yourself comfortable and join me on this divine exploration, as we delve into the poetic realms where angels dance in whispered verses.
Best Poems About Angels
By William Blake
I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!
And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.
So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten thousand shields and spears.
Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.
I Heard an Angel
By William Blake
I heard an Angel singing
When the day was springing
Mercy Pity Peace
Is the worlds release
Thus he sung all day
Over the new mown hay
Till the sun went down
And haycocks looked brown
I heard a Devil curse
Over the heath & the furze
Mercy could be no more
If there was nobody poor
And pity no more could be
If all were as happy as we
At his curse the sun went down
And the heavens gave a frown
Down pourd the heavy rain
Over the new reapd grain
And Miseries increase
Is Mercy Pity Peace
By Rabindranath Tagore
They clamour and fight, they doubt and despair, they know no end
to their wrangling.
Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my
child, unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.
They are cruel in their greed and their envy, their words are like
hidden knives thirsting for blood.
Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child, and let
your gentle eyes fall upon them like the forgiving peace of the
evening over the strife of the day.
Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning
of all things; let them love you and thus love each other.
Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my
child. At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming
flower, and at sunset bend your head and in silence complete the
worship of the day.
A Lost Angel
By Ellis Parker Butler
When first we met she seemed so white
I feared her;
As one might near a spirit bright
I neared her;
An angel pure from heaven above
I dreamed her,
And far too good for human love
I deemed her.
A spirit free from mortal taint
I thought her,
And incense as unto a saint
I brought her.
Well, incense burning did not seem
To please her,
And insolence I feared she’d deem
To squeeze her;
Nor did I dare for that same why
To kiss her,
Lest, shocked, she’d cause my eager eye
To miss her.
I sickened thinking of some way
To win her,
When lo! she asked me, one fine day,
Twas thus that made of common flesh
I found her,
And in a mortal lover’s mesh
I wound her.
Embraces, kisses, loving looks
I gave her,
And buying bon-bons, flowers and books,
I save her;
For her few honest, human taints
I love her,
Nor would I change for all the saints
Those eyes, that little face, that so
And all the human joy I know
When near her;
And I am glad, when to my breast
I press her,
She’s just a woman, like the rest,
God bless her!
By Robert Browning
In his dramatic monologue “The Guardian-Angel,” Victorian poet Robert Browning contemplates the redemptive power of angels after death with reverence. He reflects on guardian angels as sources of spiritual comfort and hope.
Browning yearns for the angel caring for a child to bless his weary speaker, transporting him to realms beyond earthly burdens. By describing Italian artist Guercino’s tender painting of an angel teaching a child prayer, Browning uses rich symbolism to evoke faith’s endurance.
The poem’s closing lines reaffirm Browning’s awe at the soul continuing after death, aided by angels who “smile and have not passed away.” This poignant, graceful testament belongs in any compilation of literature’s most inspiring angel writings.
The poem is quite long, read full The Guardian-Angel here
By John Milton
As a longtime fan of epic verse, I’m awed by how John Milton makes angels leap off the page in Paradise Lost. He takes these usually ethereal biblical beings and gives them rich inner lives and drama that unfolds over 12 books – all while staying true to scripture.
As the narrative continues, angels stay centrally involved, from Satan orchestrating humankind’s fall to archangels guarding Eden’s gates. They make choices, take risks, and experience suffering and joy. Milton’s masterstroke was bringing the angelic lore of Genesis vividly alive not as symbols, but complex characters who compel and move us. If you want all-time great angel writing, Paradise Lost is a must-read!
This poem is quite long, you can read full here: Paradise Lost
The Boy and the Angel
By Robert Browning
“The Boy and the Angel” by Robert Browning is a profound exploration of faith and the divine, masterfully weaving a narrative that bridges the human and the celestial. Through the engaging dialogue between a boy, symbolizing humanity, and an angel, embodying the divine, Browning crafts a metaphor that delves into the intricate relationship between mortals and the transcendent. The poem is rich in vivid imagery, bringing to life the wonder and omnipresence of the divine in the mundane aspects of our world. This piece stands as a quintessential example of Browning’s ability to probe into the depths of human spirituality, capturing the ethereal and the sublime in his unique poetic style.
This is a long poem, read full here.
Short poems about angels
By Russell Edson
Angels are wonderful but they are so, well, aloof.
It’s what I sense in the mud and the roots of the
trees, or the well, or the barn, or the rock with
its citron map of lichen that halts my feet and
makes my eyes flare, feeling the presence of some
spirit, some small god, who abides there.
by Rabindranath Tagore
When the mother smiles on the doorstep,
the child looks into her face,
runs into her arms,
and forgets the world around:
I am thy own, mother!
An Angel in the House
by James Henry Leigh Hunt
How sweet it were, if without feeble fright,
Or dying of the dreadful beauteous sight,
An angel came to us, and we could bear
To see him issue from the silent air
At evening in our room, and bend on ours
His divine eyes, and bring us from his bowers
News of dear friends, and children who have never
Been dead indeed,–as we shall know forever.
In conclusion, poems about angels offer a fascinating window into the interplay between the celestial and the human, blending spiritual depth with artistic beauty. Through various narratives and styles, these poems capture the essence of our fascination with these ethereal beings, reflecting on themes of guidance, protection, and the mysterious nature of the divine. Whether it’s the profound introspection in Browning’s “The Boy and the Angel” or the diverse interpretations in other angelic poetry, each work invites us to explore deeper spiritual truths and the eternal questions of human existence.
Now, we turn to you, the reader. Which poem about angels resonates most with you? Perhaps there’s a particular verse that captures your imagination or a poem that speaks to your soul in a way others have not. Whatever your choice, we invite you to share your thoughts and preferences in the comments below. Your insights not only enrich the conversation but also help others discover new perspectives in the rich tapestry of angelic poetry. So, don’t hesitate to comment and let everyone know about your favorite angel-themed poem!