Tea Poems have been written since we have been drinking tea. In classical Chinese literature, a vast body of work includes many poems dedicated to tea. You will be surprised to know that there are more than forty eight thousand surviving poems written by twenty thousand poets from the Tang dynasty alone. Tea and poetry have an inextricable link. In Japan, the poet Issa, an 18th-19th century Japanese poet from the village of Kashiwabara in the mountains of Japan’s Shinano Province wrote many tea haiku. Similarly, you can find many modern poets across the world whose subject is tea.
Here are two dozens randomly selected Tea Poems for you, written by well-known classical and modern poets.
By S. Wells Williams (1812-84), Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Yale.