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40 beautiful poems for every occasion

Poems are beautiful and are suitable for all kinds of occasions. We have interesting facts about poetry and 40 poems by well-known poets for you. Send them on a special occasion or just make friends and relatives happy with poetic words.

As with all literary works, everyone has different tastes when it comes to poetry. For this reason we have arranged the poems not only according to the occasion, but also according to well-known poets. If you like funny poems, the works of Joachim Ringelnatz are certainly interesting for you. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poems are more romantic in nature and Rainer Maria Rilke's works are characterized by melancholy.

Interesting facts about poetry

Interesting facts about poetry

Poetry or poetry describes the concrete poetry in verse form, which as a literary genre exists alongside epic and drama. The term "poetry" used to refer to everything that was written down. Over time, however, the term was limited to poetic texts. A lyric work is called a poem. In a poem, the writer expresses thoughts and feelings using the lyrical self out. This can have the perspective of the author, but can also describe what is thought and felt from the perspective of another (fictional) subject.

An important characteristic of poetry is that rhetorical stylistic devices (Enjambements, alliteration, anaphor ...). There are very many of them and they are all characterized by their special language skills. A certain one meter (Iambus, trochaeus, dactylus, anapaest), poems are usually rhythmized or rhymed. There is something song-like about them and they could also be sung. This makes them fundamentally different from prosaic texts. In addition, they take up a small space a lot of expressiveness within you and thus leave plenty of room for interpretation.

The difference between poetry and lyric poetry

The difference between poetry and lyric poetry

Poetry understands the art of creating poetry with language. Lyricists can therefore be called poets. But not every form of poetry is lyrical. The two terms “poetics” and “lyric” are often confused with one another. In English, for example, “poetry” is synonymous with “poetry” and “lyrics” usually refers to song texts.

In German, poetry is spoken of when the meaning of something that is designated goes beyond language or even eludes it. It creates a higher meaning or mood that is difficult or impossible to describe with words. But not only language can be poetic. There is also talk of the “poetry of a moment” or a poetic film. Poetry can also arise from events or staged image sequences. So note: Poetry is poetry, but poetry is not always poetry.

20 beautiful poems by famous poets

Below are three of the most famous lyric poets of all time. Each of them has a different poetic tendency. Find out which writing style you like best. Some of the poems have a title, some don't. The untitled poems often belong to volumes of poetry that were found in the poets' estate and were not published during their lifetime.

Melancholic poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

Melancholic poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) is a well-known poet and one of the most important representatives of the literary modernity German language. His works are shaped by a scientific and rational conception of the world and were influenced by the two philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Some of the poems are suitable for a letter of condolence. You can write them on the left side of your card to capture the mood in which you find yourself in your concern. Others too serious or sad occasions are suitable, for example if you have to say goodbye to someone because of a trip abroad.


Sometimes it happens in the dead of night
That the wind wakes up like a child
And he comes down the avenue alone
Quietly, quietly into the village.

And he gropes up to the pond,
And then he listens:
And the houses are all pale
And the oaks are mute ...
(Rainer Maria Rilke)



How did I feel what it means to say goodbye.
How do I remember it: a dark, invulnerable one
cruel something that is beautifully connected
shows again and holds out and tears up.

How was I without defense to watch
that because it let me go by calling me,
stayed behind, as if they were all women
and yet small and white and nothing but this:

A wave, no longer related to me,
a faint waving - hardly at all
explainable more: maybe a plum tree,
from which a cuckoo hastily flown off.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


The death of the beloved

He only knew about death what everyone knows:
that he takes us and pushes us into the mute.
But when she, not torn away from him,
no, softly released from his eyes,
slipped across to unknown shadows,
and when he felt that she was over there now
like a moon had their girl smile
and do their way good:
Then he became so familiar with the dead
as if he were through her with everyone
very closely related; he let the others talk
and do not believe and called that country
the well-situated, the always sweet -
and felt it for her feet.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


The farewell flower blooms somewhere
and keeps scattering pollen that we do
breathe over, and even im
coming wind we breathe farewell.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


I live my life in growing rings
who pull themselves over things.
I may not finish the last one
but I want to try it.

I circle around God, around the ancient tower,
and I circle for millennia,
and I don't know yet: am I a hawk, a storm
or a great chant.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Funny poems by Joachim Ringelnatz

Funny poems by Joachim Ringelnatz

Joachim Ringelnatz (1883–1934) was not only a writer, but also a painter and cabaret artist during the Weimar Republic. In addition to poetry and children's books, he also devoted himself to prose and drama. His poems stand out Grotesque and nonsense and use everyday language. Parodying and caricaturing were among his passions. He used the language as he pleased, was open to neologisms and modified grammatical rules.

The following poems are expressionistic and funny and therefore very interesting to read. So they are wonderfully suitable for sending them to friends or relatives and putting a smile on their faces. Either without a reason or for a birthday. A poem like “The Ants” is also wonderfully suitable for a card for a children's birthday party.


morning sun

I woke up so happy.
I clap my hips.
The water beckons. The soap laughs.
I thirst for air.

A neat sheet curtsies
And congratulates me on swimming.
Two black shoes in bare jerk
Title me "Your Grace".

Draws from my deepest soul
With nostrils trembling
A tremendous appetite
After breakfast and after life.
(Joachim Ringelnatz)


The ants

Two ants lived in Hamburg
They wanted to travel to Australia.
At Altona on the Chaussee,
Then their legs hurt,
And there they abstain wisely
Then on to the last part of the journey.
(Joachim Ringelnatz)


To my teacher

I wasn't one of your good boys.
There is much advice in my youth defiance
And many a well-thought word shattered.
Now the man sees what the boy once did.

But you have not, old master, in vain
Formed on my building and struggled with you.
You have the best values ​​in my life
Glowed into my heart with hot words.

Forgive me if I don't regret the old.
I don't want to bend down in front of you today as I did before
But I want you for your loyalty to the teacher
only once gratefully, silently shake hands.
(Joachim Ringelnatz)


To M.

Who walk my ways with me,
I feel every whim of my eyelashes
Tolerate and understand my wickedness -
Do you know how hot you often touch me?

When I'm dead you mustn't mourn at all.
My love will outlast me

And meet you in strange clothes
And bless you.

Live, laugh well!
Do your thing well!
(Joachim Ringelnatz)


Children's prayer


Dear God, I'm lying
In bed. I know I weigh
Thirty-five pounds since yesterday.
Keep Pa and Ma healthy.

I am a poor onion
Don't hold it against me.


Dear God, good night
I took a quick pee
So that I dream of you
I imagine the sky
Like behind the Brandenburg Gate
The linden trees.

Take my words kindly
Because I'm so grown up already.


Dear God with the Son of Christ,
Oh, please give me a gramophone.
I'm a naughty kid
Because my parents are drunkards.
Forgive me for yawning.
Protect me in need

Don't kill my parents just yet
And give grandma teeth.
(Joachim Ringelnatz)


Short poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Short poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is one of the greatest German poets any times. In addition to numerous poems, his best-known works include “Faust” (1808), “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (1774) and “Iphigenie auf Tauris” (1787). In addition to his calling as an author, he practiced the legal profession for a while and also worked as a natural scientist.

His attitude towards life corresponded to the lyrical spirit of his time. He is one of the most important representatives of the era storm and stress (1765-1785). This epoch is characterized by the fact that poetry focused on emotions instead of rationality. The lyrical form was no longer so strictly adhered to and the focus was on the individual. Goethe, with his reverent attitude towards nature, can also be considered a Pioneers and representatives of romanticism (1795–1848).

Some poems are about suffering, longing and heartache, some about love, joy and the beauty of life. So that you can find a suitable poem for every occasion, we have briefly summarized for you in brackets what the respective poem is about.


And sorrowful
Be thoughtful
And fear
In floating agony
Exulting sky high,
Saddened to death;
Happy alone
Is the soul that loves.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on love)


Trees shining, trees dazzling,
Giving sweetness everywhere,
Moving in the shine
Arousing old and young hearts -
We have such a feast
Some gifts venerated jewelry;
We look up and down in amazement,
Back and forth and over and over.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on admiring nature)


Enjoy moderately fill and blessings,
Reason is everywhere
Where life rejoices in life.
Then the past is permanent
The future alive ahead,
The moment is eternity.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on the use of the present)


Soul of man,
How you are like water!
Fate of man,
How you resemble the wind!
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on the depth of the soul and the arbitrariness of fate)



Again and again in the distance,
Across countries to the sea
Fantasies, in breadth
Float back and forth on the bank!
The experience is always new:
The heart is always afraid
Pain is the nourishment of youth,
Tears of blessed praise.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on growing up)


What will shorten my time? - activity!
What makes it unbearably long? - Idleness!
What brings in debt? - Wait and tolerate!
What does win? - Don't think twice!
What brings honor? - Fight back!
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on problems and solutions)


Only those who know longing
I know what I'm suffering!
Alone and separated
Of all joy
I look at the firmament
In that direction.
Oh! Who loves and knows me
Is in the distance.
I feel dizzy, it burns
My bowels
Only those who know longing
Know what i'm suffering!
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on the longing for a loved one)


We all have to be drunk!
Youth is drunkenness without wine;
Old age drinks back to youth
So it is wonderful virtue.
The dear life takes care of worries,
And worry breakers are the vines.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on youth and drinking)


There they are now! There you have it
The songs, without art and effort
Raised at the edge of the brook!
In love and young and full of emotion
I played the old game of youth
And I sang it like that.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on love songs)


Raised by the sun
Swims in a breath of ethereal bliss
The lightest cloud never looks like this
Like my heart in peace and joy.
Free from fear, too great to envy,
I love, I love her forever!
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on the reverence for nature)


20 beautiful poems for every occasion

Are you looking for a poem for a very specific occasion? Then you are right here. In contrast to before, the poems here are sorted by occasion, not by author. If you haven't found what you're looking for yet: Here you will find romantic love poems, here contemplative Christmas poems and here even funny Halloween poems. Below we have funny birthday poems, wedding love poems, and beautiful birth poems for you.

Funny poems for birthday

Funny poems for birthday

Try a cute birthday poem on your next birthday card. They are pleasantly melodic to read and immediately create a good mood. Just write the poem on the left side of your birthday card and dedicate a few more words and wishes to the birthday child on the right side. Here you will find all kinds of birthday sayings and here specific sayings for 18th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th and 80th birthday Another fun idea is to recite a birthday poem in front of gathered guests. A funny toast is also ideal here to toast.


Tell yourself what to wish for you
I don't know anything to think up.
You have a full kitchen and cellar,
nothing is missing in your closets.
(Friedrich von Schiller, excerpt from "For Ms. Griesbach's Birthday")


Getting richer year after year
greet it with gifts ...
always happier around you
it blossoms - and all the more so
learn to limit yourself ...

Learn to enjoy what
what you have achieved
and throw it off to repent
what you failed!
(Caesar Flaischlen)


Don't tell me about seventy years
Don't talk to me about saving energy
One of them mistakes it and always has it,
The other one saves it and never uses it.
I have now climbed seventy
And God sustains me in all graces
The pleasure of his forest paths,
The happy look between light and madness,
And devoted to dear people,
Well, eighty may come like that!
(Johann Georg Fischer)


Who wanted to count the grains,
Who escape the hourglass
Missing time and aim
To meditate on such currents.

We also lose our thoughts
When we look into your life
Free spirit in earth boundaries,
Firm action and trust.

So escape every hour
Submissive happy business.
Bless you from mouth to mouth!
New courage and fresh strength!
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


It's not a nicer day after all
In the world like today!
And it has our hearts
Never been so happy.

Yes, we are all happy
Heissa heissassa sa!
Because it's your birthday
Dear, good papa!

And we wound you wreaths
And we braided into it
Our deepest wishes
For your well-being and prosperity.

Be as happy as the flowers
Like the leaves so green!
Like for us, your loved ones,
Your life will always bloom this way!
(Hoffmann von Fallersleben, excerpt from "Papa's birthday")


Magical poems for the wedding

Magical poems for the wedding

The following poems are all about love, partnership and the future together.A wedding is a joyful occasion that can be duly congratulated with a poem. The couple in love are certainly particularly receptive to poetry and beautiful formulations at this time. Also write a few congratulations from yourself personally. Here you will find great wedding wishes for a happy marriage. If you haven't found what you are looking for in our poems, you can also try wedding sayings. Here you will find sayings for a silver wedding and a gold wedding.



And how can love come to you?
She came like a sunshine, a blossom,
did she come like a prayer? - Tell:

Luminous happiness broke loose from heavens
and hung large with folded wings
in my blooming soul….

That was the day of the white chrysanthemums,
I was almost afraid of its heavy splendor ...
And then then you came to take my soul away
deep in the night.

I was so afraid, and you came dearly and softly,
I was just thinking of you in a dream.
You came, and as quiet as a fairy tale
rang the night….
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Where are we born from
Out of love.
How would we be lost
Without 'love'.
What helps us overcome?
The love '.
Can you find love too?
Through love.
What doesn't make you cry for a long time?
The love '.
What should always unite us?
The love '.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


I have forgotten the "I" and only know: we.
I became two with my beloved;
and out of both of us into the world
and the we grew above all beings.
And because we are everything, we are alone.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Often I lead them to the grove
And was alone with her;
Oh, how pleased I was!
Is a couple each alone
Cupid is never far
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


O! tender longing, sweet hope,
The golden age of the first love,
The eye sees the sky open
The heart indulges in bliss,
O! that it would stay green forever,
The beautiful time of young love!
(Friedrich von Schiller)


I want to give you a love
that makes you a familiar to me:
a memory of my day
and a dream from my night

I feel that we should be happy
and then you like a jewel
you loosened my tired hands
the much sought-after tenderness.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


The night secretly wrinkles through the curtain
Sunshine forgotten from your hair.
Look, all I want is to hold your hands
and be still and good and full of peace.

My soul grows until it is in pieces
blows up everyday life; it becomes so wondrous:
To die of their dawn moles
the first waves of infinity.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Sailing trip

Now the soul is softened again
and breathes with the blue day
and by the resurrected members
throbbing fresh blood, strengthened blow.

We sit side by side, chatting
and feel our hearts united;
the boat strives mightily into the distance,
and we, we guess what it means.
(Christian Morgenstern)

If only it were so very quiet for once.
When the coincidental and approximate
fell silent and the neighborly laughter,
when the sound my senses make
did not prevent me so much from waking -:

Then I could do in a thousand fold
Thoughts to your brim think you
and own you (just a smile)
to give yourself away to all life
like a thank you.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Love song

How am I supposed to hold my soul that
she doesn't touch yours? How am I supposed to her
to rise above you to other things?
Oh, I'd like you to do something
Put what is lost in the dark
in a strange silent place that
Doesn't swing when your lows swing
But everything that touches us, you and me,
takes us together like a bow
who draws a voice from two strings.
Which instrument are we looking forward to?
And which violinist has us in hand?
O sweet song.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)


Beautiful birth poems

Birth poems

The birth of a child is a wonderful event. So, congratulations on the birth should be something very special. The better you know the new parents, the more personal and emotional your congratulations can be. If you know the child's name, be sure to include them on your card. Individual and self-written texts are particularly nice for close contacts. A birth poem can either inspire you for your own text or just fill space on your card. If you haven't found the right thing for you, you will find sayings about the birth and important tips for proper congratulations here.


What a child's soul
promises from every glance
is so rich in hope
not a whole spring!
(Hoffmann von Fallersleben)


Three things are us
stayed from paradise:
The stars of the night
The flowers of the day
And the children's eyes.
(Dante Alighieri)


Because we cannot shape the children according to our own needs.
Just as God gave them to us, they must be had and loved.
They educate to the best of their abilities and allow everyone to
for one has one, the other has other gifts.
Everyone needs them and everyone is good and happy only in their own way.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)


Before all the children we meet
we should bow deeply and reverently;
they are our masters, we work for them.
A child in the hut is more than an old man on the throne.
That is why one must seek to become a father
to be able to look at children without envy.
(Ludwig Börne)


It seems to me that I see something deeper
More infinite, more eternal than the ocean
in the expression of a small child,
when it wakes up in the morning or crows or laughs,
because it sees the sun shine on its cradle.
(Vincent van Gogh)


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