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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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If - is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

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The Road Not Taken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added The Road Not Taken

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All the World's a Stage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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Stopping by Woods On a Snowy E... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening Robert Frost

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T. S. Eliot

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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The Rime of the Ancient Marine... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Waste Land is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Carry Your Heart With Me E. E. Cummings

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The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud William Wordsworth

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Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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Birches is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

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Howl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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In a Station of the Metro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added In a Station of the Metro Ezra Pound

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To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added Hugh Selwyn Mauberley Ezra Pound

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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And the Moon and the Stars and... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
And the Moon and the Stars and the World Charles Bukowski

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I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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We’ll Go No More A-Roving is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
We’ll Go No More A-Roving Lord Byron

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I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Philippe Lauwers added Ramayana Valmiki

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The Knight in the Panther's Sk... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Teimuraz Kancheli added 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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Ode: Intimations of Immortalit... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood William Wordsworth

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Canto XLV (With Usura) is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added Canto XLV (With Usura) Ezra Pound

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Dover Beach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Dover Beach Matthew Arnold

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Romance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Romance Edgar Allan Poe

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Epithalamion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Epithalamion Edmund Spnser

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Mon Pays Me Fait Mal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added Mon Pays Me Fait Mal Robert Brasillach

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A Girl is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Girl Ezra Pound