Poems of vividness and frailty

Monday 22nd April 2024

Ten Poems about Butterflies

Butterflies must be the most beautiful of all insects. They are with us while the warm weather lasts, and seeing a Brimstone in a garden early in the year is one of the most delightful heralds of spring’s arrival.

The vividness and frailty of butterflies as they flicker across our summer meadows is why they seem to embody a sense of transience – and may also be why they are so popular with poets.

This glorious selection celebrates butterflies from all over the world – from a Swallowtail in the English fens to a Spotted Jezebel in Australia – and reminds us to look closely at their dazzling beauty while we can.

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