Some poems about hunting are "Hunting Song" by Sir Walter Scott and "I Saw a Jolly Hunter" by Charles Causley." Another poem about hunting that talks about the occasionally controversial subject of hunting is "Hunters of Autumn" by Kristopher Ivie.Continue Reading
Scott writes that day rises on the mountain, bringing with it the "jolly chase" that is a hunt. Scott writes about hawks, horses and hounds that mingle during a hunt. Next, he describes the mist on the mountain and the thick woods. Others should gleefully rise and think of the excitement of running the course of a hunt, Scott says.
In his poem "I Saw a Jolly Hunter," Causley writes that he sees a "jolly" hunter with a "jolly gun," walking under the "jolly" sun in the country. A hare also sits in the country. The hare, too, is jolly.
The hunter sees the hare. The hunter is eager to chase the hare. The hunter removes the safety on his gun and prepares for the hunt. The gun sounds, but instead of shooting the hare, the hunter shoots himself and dies. Causley says this is "Jolly good."
"Hunters of Autumn" says that death is natural and that all living things die. Even though death is briefly shocking, the poem says, the moment passes quickly and nature seems to hardly notice the death. Fall is a peaceful time in which nature runs its course, the poem says.
The sacrifice of death is not tragic, Ivie writes, because new life comes to take the place of the dead. Hunters hide in nature and bring in their prey, the poem says. Even though some despite hunters, nature accepts hunting as a part of life, Ivie says.Learn more about Poetry