The Many Horses of Poetry


A recent article at Firstpost called “Galloping words: The poetry of horse-riding” illuminates the connection between horse-riding and verse. In particular, the article focuses on the rhythmic gait of the horse as well as the many poems that horses have influenced.

The author names Victorian poet Robert Browning’s “How They Brought the good News from Ghent to Aix” as an early example of the horse’s presence in “western letters.”

Other poems named include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Rudyard Kipling’s “The Ballad of East and West,” and Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Other excellent examples of poems featuring horses are Sarah Vap’s “Mark Time,” Richard Wilbur’s “The Ride,” Sir Philip Sydney’s “Astrophel and Stella: XLI,” and Walter de la Mare’s “The Song of Finis.”

Have another poem featuring horses in mind? Leave it in the comments!