Best Easter Poems & Stories
Easter is a religious holiday, but it's also taken on other meanings over the years. William Butler Yeats, George Herbert, and many other writers incorporated the themes of Easter into their works. Here are the best literary works--poems and short stories.
An Easter Ode - Paul Laurence Dunbar
Read "An Easter Ode," by Paul Laurence Dunbar. "To the cold, dark grave they go / Silently and sad and slow, / From the light of happy skies / And the glance of mortal eyes."
Beneath Thy Cross - Christina Rossetti
Read "Beneath Thy Cross," by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).
Books About Easter in Myth and Literature
In religious tradition, Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus, but many Easter traditions are derived from Ostara, a fertility goddess, who is associated with Spring and the rising sun. Read more about the pagan and religious traditions of Easter. Also, find out how how Easter appear in myth and literature.
Easter 1916 - William Butler Yeats
Read "Easter 1916," by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). Yeats was a famous Irish poet, playwright, and mystic.
Easter Eve - Anton Chekhov
Read "Easter Eve," by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Chekhov is well-known for his short fiction and plays, particularly "The Cherry Orchard," "The Three Sisters," and other works.
Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum
Read "Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum," by Bede.
Love on the Bon-Dieu - Kate Chopin
Read "Love on the Bon-Dieu," by Kate Chopin.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - Anonymous
Read "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle," by Anonymous.
The Medieval Drama
Read more about the Medieval Drama, from "A History of English Literature."
The Red Roses of Tonia - O. Henry
Read "The Red Roses of Tonia," by O. Henry
Here's "Easter Hare," a story from Germany, by Frau Barbara Arndt.
Easter Quotes - What Have Great Writers Said
Easter means something different to many... The religious elements of the holiday remind us of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The secular celebrations center around family and friend, Easter egg hunts, and visits from the Easter Bunny. And, writers have touched upon so much of the secular and religious in their in their poems, stories,...