Poetic Fragrances


Poems as a sophisticated form of narration can bring the best expressive words to describe one's feelings. Man made botanical fragrances and the aromas existing in nature can not only hold and evoke memories but also attract, embody, encourage, inspire and beautifully blend with poetry. One can indulge in precious botanical fragrances but also in wonderful classic and modern poems. I have created this post for those who enjoy both natural aromas and the artistry of poetry, the blend of which is an interesting occasion to read. If you know any poems which would perfectly fit into this post, I will be happy to update it with your help. 

Which natural fragrances have captured the hearts of classic and modern poets? Below are some poem extracts, to read them in a full version, you can simply google them.

Poets get often inspired by the change of seasons thus the natural aromas of trees, blossoms and grass are the scents most often found in poems.

A something in a summer's Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.

A something in a summer's noon --
A depth -- an Azure -- a perfume --
Transcending ecstasy.

Emily Dickinson, A Something in a Summer's Day


Through the open door
A drowsy smell of flowers - 
grey heliotrope
And white sweet clover, 
and shy mignonette
Comes fairly in, and silent chorus
To the pervading symphony of Peace.
-   John Greenleaf Whittier


The hyacinths, with fragrant heads,
Have overflowed their sandy beds,
And fill the earth with faint perfume,
The breath that Spring around her sheds.
And now the tulips break in bloom!

Henry Van Dyke, Flood-Tide of Flowers


My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roof and streets, to find the bees.
-   Lousie Driscoll,  My Garden Is a Pleasant Place


The scent of sea, breeze and mountains.

“May your love for me be
the scent of the evening sea

drifting in
through a quiet window

so i do not have to run
or chase or fall
... to feel you

all i have to do
― Sanober Khan, 


The aromas of spices and herbs.

Aromatic plants bestow
no spicy fragrance while they grow;
but crush'd or trodden to the ground,
diffuse their balmy sweets around.
-  Oliver Goldsmith


Romantic poems.

I keep my countenance, 
I remain self-possessed
Except when a street piano, mechanical and tired
Reiterates some worn-out common song
With the smell of hyacinths across the garden
Recalling things that other people have desired.

Eliot, T. S., Portrait of a Lady


 With what deep thirst
we quicken our desires
to that rank odor of a passing springtime!
Can you not be decent? Can you not reserve your ardors
for something less unlovely? What girl will care
for us, do you think, if we continue in these ways?
Must you taste everything? Must you know everything?
Must you have a part in everything?

William Carlos Williams, Smell


One of my favorites by Dunbar.

Hint of the violet's delicate bloom,
Hint of the rose's pervading perfume!
How can the wind help from kissing her face,-
Wrapping her round in his stormy embrace?
But still serenely she laughs at his rout,
She is the victor who wins in the bout.
So may life's passions about her soul swirl,
Leaving it placid,-my little March girl.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, My Little March Girl


The topic of botanical fragrances (not synthetic perfumes) and poems can lead to a very fascinating research if it has not been done yet. But I will try to update this post from time to time to let you read the poems I have loved most. You can find more quotes, aphorisms and poems on my IG account. I find those so inspiring not only for a perfumer but for those who like wearing natural perfumes.

Kamila AubreComment