books The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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List Rules Vote up the all time greatest poems ever written in recorded history.

What is the best poem of all time? This list includes the best poems of all time such as "The Raven," "Daddy," "O Captain! My Captain!," and "I Hear America Singing." Poetry has captivated readers for centuries, and the poems on this list include modern classics as well as older poems that have stood the test of time.

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we read on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper. The best poems, like those on this list, are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers that allow the reader a new view on the world. The greatest poems on this list provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word that few other poems can.

Vote up the all time best poems below or add the most famous poems you think are great if they aren't already on the list.

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All the World's a Stage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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Stopping by Woods On a Snowy E... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening Robert Frost

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The Road Not Taken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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If - is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
If - Rudyard Kipling

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The Waste Land is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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The Rime of the Ancient Marine... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

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A Dream Within A Dream is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud William Wordsworth

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The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Carry Your Heart With Me E. E. Cummings

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Birches is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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In a Station of the Metro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
In a Station of the Metro Ezra Pound

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Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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And the Moon and the Stars and... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
And the Moon and the Stars and the World Charles Bukowski

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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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Howl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Howl Allen Ginsberg

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Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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Canto XLV (With Usura) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Canto XLV (With Usura) Ezra Pound

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I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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Mon Pays Me Fait Mal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mon Pays Me Fait Mal Robert Brasillach

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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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Ode: Intimations of Immortalit... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood William Wordsworth

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To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
To Autumn John Keats

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The Knight in the Panther's Sk... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
The Knight in the Panther's Skin Shota Rustaveli is the author of 'The Knight in the Panther's Skin' (12th century AD) - the most prominent illustration of the Georgian classic secular literature - 'Vepkhistkaosani'- as it sounds and is written in Georgian. - Shota Rustaveli. 

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Invictus William Ernest Henley

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We’ll Go No More A-Roving is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
We’ll Go No More A-Roving Lord Byron

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Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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What Lips My Lips Have Kissed ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (Sonnet 42) Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Ramayana Valmiki

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To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

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Dover Beach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Dover Beach Matthew Arnold

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Provide, Provide is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Provide, Provide Robert Frost

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I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson