Some of the more well known poems about hats include the 1867 poem "Coom, don on thy Bonnet an' Shawl" by Thomas Blackah, "The Crumpetty Tree" by Edward Lear, "The Death of the Hat" by Billy Collins and "The List of Famous Hats" by James Tate. There is also a Bahamian American nursery rhyme called "Bat, Bat, Come Under My Hat."
Hats and head coverings have been used for thousands of years to communicate social status, protect the wearer against the elements, express individual style and convey religious affiliations. Despite their popularity through the ages, there are few well-known poems in which hats are the primary subject.
Ancient Greece is one of the earliest known cultures to use hats. In the Middle Ages, virtually everyone wore some sort of head covering, and the type worn denoted social status. In the 1800s, one of the most popular hat styles for women was the wide-brimmed bonnet, which could be decorates with ribbons, flowers and feathers.
In 2014, some of the most popular hat styles around the world include the ascot cap, akubra, beanie, beret, Panama, patrol cap, Fez, Fedora, baseball cap and sombrero. Other common head coverings include the balaclava, Ghutrah, turban, toque and headscarf.