Poems that explore the contented, munching world of cows

Tuesday 4th June 2024

Ten Poems about Cows

Black and white, brown, smooth-coated or shaggy (with horns), cows are so familiar in our rural landscapes that we often forget to notice them. These poems redress that, paying close and loving attention to the lives of cows – their private joys and public duties – while celebrating the fact of their undeniable cow-ness.

We find cows grazing, being born, being milked, being drawn by a child – not to mention Robert Louis Stevenson’s eminently recitable cow poem that many of us will remember from school days.

Even if most of us wouldn’t want to become a cow in the way that Selima Hill does, we can all enjoy being taken by poetry into their contented, munching world.

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