The theme of a poem delivers the reader an underlying message that the writer wishes to convey through their work of poetry.
A poem can contain a single or multiple themes based on the story of the poem that it tells. The theme is an important part of any work of poetry or literature as it provides meaning to the story.
Related: Examples of Meters in Poetry
Follow the below list to learn different type of themes found in poetry or use them as poem theme ideas or topics for your next poetry.
Poetry Themes for Poems-
Most of the themes in poetry are often similar to themes in literature but yet some themes fit well only for poetry. Below are the examples of common themes found in poems.
9. Coming of age
29. Man and nature
66. Duty and responsibility
68. Circle of life
69. Man and masculinity
Examples of Themes in Poetry-
Below are examples of themes in poetry from popular poems of all time.
1. The Waste Land
By T. S Eliot
Major themes- Love, death, rebirth, history, lust/sexuality, water, religion, seasons.Read ”The Waste Land” full poem here
2. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Major themes- Beauty, man and nature, desire, obligation, secrets, duty and responsibility, isolation.Read ”Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” full poem here
By Sylvia Plath
Major themes- Death, gender, oppression, power, history, myth, hatred.Read ”Daddy” full poem here
4. The Raven
By Edgar Allan Poe
Major themes- Death, afterlife, memory, loss, supernatural, grief, madness, despair.Read ”The Raven” full poem here
5. The Second Coming
By W.B Yeats
Major Themes- Violence, prophecy, meaninglessness, Christianity, Cyclicality.Read ”The Second Coming” full poem here
6. Because I could not Stop for Death
By Emily Dickinson
Major Themes- Life and death, mortality, immortality, eternity.Read ”Because I Could Not Stop for Death” full poem here
7. The Road not Taken
By Robert Frost
Major Themes- Choices, uncertainty, man and nature, indecision, individualism and nonconformity.Read ”The Road Not Taken” full poem here
8. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
By T.S Eliot
Major themes- Love, anxiety, indecision, alienation, isolation, desire, modernity, disappointment, manipulation, time, aging, appearances.Read ”The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” full poem here
By Rudyard Kipling
Major Themes- Manhood, courage, man and masculinity, stoicism, defeat.Read ”If-” full poem here
10. Ode to a Nightingale
By John Keats
Major Themes- Death, immortality, mortality, transience, art, nature, beauty, imagination.Read ”Ode to the Nightingale” full poem here