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Our Poetic Planet: Poems that Describe the Earth

What’s the weather like? Ask a poet!

Poetry about weather and other aspects of Earth can be very descriptive. Giving a sense of the environment through their words, poets describe the planet in interesting ways. Explore the poems below, which describe aspects of nature, including clouds and weather. Each poem links to more information about the science of our planet.

Clouds

Rainstorms

Snowstorms

Wind

Other Nature Poetry

 

Last modified November 7, 2008 by Lisa Gardiner.

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