Twelve beautiful poems that will boost your confidence as a student | A Dose of Encouragement

Twelve beautiful poems that will boost your confidence as a student | A Dose of Encouragement

Words from other people can help us when we don’t know what to say or when we need inspiration or a gentle push in the right way. Poems can help you feel understood, and some people may even use them as a motto to keep them going when they’re feeling down. This blog will talk about some of the best motivational poems for students, chosen to make you feel better when you need a laugh.

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1. How did you pass away?

Very grateful. Edmond Vance Cooke.

 How did you pass away?

What was the reason of your death?

“Did you deal with that trouble that came your way?”

With strong determination and a good outlook?

Keep the sun from your face.
With a weakened spirit and fear?
Well, a trouble is either a tonne or an ounce.

Or a problem is what you make it,

It doesn’t matter that you’re hurt,

Just tell me, how did you take it?”

Published in 1903

Edmund Vance Cooke, frequently referred to as “The Poet of Childhood,” started his career at the White Sewing Machine Co. Factory when he was 13 to 14 years old, and he worked there for 14 years. In 1893, he worked for himself as a poet and speaker.

What does the song mean? The song wants to know if people dealt with problems in a happy way or if they tried to hide them.Whether they were brave enough to confront it or hid out of fear. The artist claims that trouble is trouble, no matter how big or tiny. It didn’t matter if it was huge or small; it harmed you. But you chose to keep going and face it anyway.

2. To Be Helpful

To Be Helpful

Written by Marge Piercy

I love it when people dive right into their work without pausing to look around. They swim off with sure strokes, almost out of sight.
The black, smooth heads of seals move around like half-submerged balls, making it look like they were born in that element.
I love people who put their body on a big cart like an ox and pull like a water buffalo. They have a lot of patience and work hard in the mud and muck to get things done. They do what needs to be done over and over again.

Published: 1982

About the Poet:
Marge Piercy is a writer and progressive campaigner from the United States. Her work comes from her Jewish background, her beliefs as a woman, and her work as a communist, social, and political activist. Piercy has written books of songs that number more than seventeen.

What does the song mean? It’s impressive how quickly and confidently some people can get to work without delaying or putting it off. This author admires those individuals. People who are so into what they’re doing that they seem to become one with it are the ones she talks about. Their focus is almost unbearable. There are people who are patient with what lies ahead, no matter how hard the job may be. She admires people who do hard things every day.

3. “Rise Above” and “Wreck”

Written by Eleanor Wilner

 "Rise Above" and "Wreck"

Due to the initial fear of mess,

which they taught us to be afraid of (but we learned

right away and without any trouble),

because of the accident

that was what was expected (and metal given speed

and weight to make sure of it)—”

Published in 2007

Author: Eleanor Wilner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937. Wilner is known for her poetry that deals with politics, history, culture, and myth. She has also been active in the peace and civil rights groups. Wilner lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he is a professor in the MFA Programme for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

What does the song mean?
In this poem, the author shows that our fear of failing is often what stops us. And how we were taught to be afraid of failing. But the artist wants us to be brave enough to see beyond and understand that giving up is worse than failing. Furthermore, we shouldn’t let the fear of failing stop us from putting ourselves out there.

4. The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“I don’t care about your job.”

Are you brave enough to dream of meeting your heart’s desire? I want to know what you long for.
Published: 1999

To learn more about the poet: Oriah Mountain Dreamer is a writer and prose poet who has written many songs. She grew up in Northern Ontario in a Christian home, and her family encouraged her to travel the world because of their faith. This early commitment came together with her love for the natural world around her home.

What does the song mean?
In this song, the author seems to want to go deeper rather than just talking about the surface. The author wants to know if the reader has a dream and if they are willing to go after it. Would the reader even be able to dream? If they do have a dream, would they be brave enough to go after it?

5. Good morning, students

Written by Kenn Nesbitt

 Good morning, students

“Good morning, students,” the teacher said.
“Go to sleep and please put down your pencils.”

Today, we’ll enjoy some outdoor fun before taking the entire school to a funfair.

We’ll figure out how to eat candy while watching television. The following section features a musical performance while swinging from a tree.
We’ll also learn how to scrawl on the walls, shout in class, and sprint through the halls.

Written in 2005.

The poet, Kenn Nesbitt, was born in Berkeley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego, and attended National University in San Diego to study computer technology.

What does the song mean? In this interesting story, the author imagines that the students are free to do whatever they want. Dreaming once in a while is perfectly fine.

6. Why Do We Have to Fight?

Written by Kay Ryan

Why Do We Have to Fight?

“If we don’t give our utmost effort when we’re at our strongest, how will we identify our deepest pains, what drives us, or the true cost of change?”

Published: 1999

About the Author: Kay Ryan was born in California in 1945 and is known as one of the most unique voices in modern literature. She has written several poem books, such as Flamingo Watching (2006), The Niagara River (2005), and Say Uncle (2000).

What does the song mean?
The artist talks about how struggle is important for building character and how it makes people more aware of who they are. Being in pain makes us look at ourselves and see what we’re good and bad at.

7. Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird”

 Why Do We Have to Fight?

“The bird in the cage sings

with a scary trill

of the unknown

but still longed for

and his music is heard

on the faraway hill

for the bird in the cage

sings of being free.”

Published: 1983

About the Poet: Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, actor, composer, and the first black woman to direct a movie in Hollywood. But she was best known for her work as a poet, writer, editor, and essayist.

What does the song mean?
Maya Angelou says that the bird sounds excited for freedom, even though it is scared to be let out of its box. Because it is in a cage, the bird is not free yet, but it is very excited about being free.

8.The Hopes by Collete Bryce

The Hopes by Collete Bryce

“They go up above the houses”

Almost like artificial giraffes.

With honour,

They have a reason for being there.

Cables dangle

with straps on top of their heads.

This is not like the sky behind them.

blue and clean

for being so late for a month

this year. Do not give up.

Published in 2017

About the Author: Colette Bryce was born in 1970 in Derry. She lived in London for a while after studying there and won the Eric Gregory Award there in 1995.

What does the song mean? People who read the poems are being begged by the author not to give up yet, even if things are hard and nothing is going their way. There is still hope, like giraffes and clear blue skies.

9. John Keats’s “To Hope”

 John Keats's "To Hope"

“Should Disappointment, the mother of Despair,

Try to get her son to grab my careless heart;

When he sits on the air like a cloud,

Getting ready to dart at his spell-bound prey:

Sweet Hope, with a bright face, scare him away!

And scare him like morning scares night!”

Published in 1815

John Keats was born in London on October 31, 1795. He was the oldest of Thomas and Frances Jennings Keats’s four children. Keats had one of the most interesting lives of any English author, even though he died at the age of twenty-five.

What does the song mean?
Keats begs Hope to take away his sadness and failure. He asks hope to chase away the darkness with its light, just like morning does. He is still hopeful that things will get better soon.

10. Leisure by William Hardy

Leisure by William Hardy

“What is this life if we are so busy that we don’t have time to just stand and stare?”

There isn’t time to stand under the branches and stare for as long as a cow or sheep.

We don’t have time to look when we walk through the woods and see where squirrels hide their nuts in the grass.

No time to see streams full of stars, like the sky at night, during the day.

There’s no time to turn when Beauty looks at you; watch her feet dance.

We can’t wait for her mouth to open.
Improve that smile, her eyes said.

It’s a bad life if we are so busy caring for others that we don’t have time to just stand and stare.

Published in 1911

The author was Welsh and his name was W.H. Davies. Davies was a tramp or hobo for a lot of his life, both in the UK and the US. He was still one of the most famous writers of his time, regardless.

What does the song mean?
Davies scolds people who are always on the go and don’t have time to stop and enjoy nature. He thinks that life is pointless if you don’t have time to enjoy the beautiful things that it has to offer.

11. eleventh chance

eleventh chance

By Braley Berton

“There hasn’t been a better race yet,”

There isn’t a best number yet,

No one has sung the best song yet.

We haven’t played the best song yet.

“Be happy, because the world is young!”

The poet was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and is known as Braley. Arthur B. Braley was his judge father, and he died when Berton Braley was seven years old. He quit high school when he was 16 and got a job as a shop hand at a plough plant.

What does the song mean? The artist wants to talk to people who feel like they’ve lost everything or all hope. He says the world is still young, which means that things will work out in the end, even if it seems like everything is lost at times.

12: Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

Dylan Thomas’s poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

Published: 1951

A little bit about the author: Dylan Marlais Thomas was a writer and poet from Wales. He was very well-known while he was alive, and that didn’t change after he died too soon in New York City at the age of 39. He had built up an image as a “roistering, drunken, and doomed poet” by that time, which he liked.

What does the song mean?
People who read the poem are told to live their lives with all their might. To not live a life without dreams and desire. To put heart and determination into everything you do.

Willpower and motivation go hand in hand; you could even say they feed each other. Get things done without dragging your feet. That’s how you move forward. Sometimes all you need to change your life for the better is a proverb or two to get you going. If you have faith in your skills and believe in yourself, anything is possible. These poems for students should have given you the motivation you needed to keep learning, working, or just making it through the day with a smile on your face!

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