Poetry 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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942 238
Linus added

2
815 102
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

3
636 260
William Shakespeare

4
656 212

5
634 298
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
637 163
Walt Whitman

7
539 122

8
419 187
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9
522 61
Papaof3 added

10
418 109
William Shakespeare

11
601 149

12
447 154

13
369 178
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

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288 210
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
260 191
William Wordsworth

16
273 210
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

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238 178
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18
323 181
Maya Angelou

19
204 163
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

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216 196

21
271 171
Edgar Allan Poe

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241 132
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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239 168
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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128 178
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling

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162 83

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178 120
Newhere added William Shakespeare

27
156 188
Mollevangsvagen added T. S. Eliot

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153 191
Linus added William Ernest Henley

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134 170
christopher-edwards added Andrew Marvell

30
184 153
Walt Whitman

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138 179
Emily Dickinson

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177 159
Robert Frost

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112 164
Malachy Walsh added John Keats

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126 200
barnonegroup added Allen Ginsberg

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98 156
malachi4.4ministries added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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94 154
Linus added Edna St. Vincent Millay

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143 150

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150 164
Robert Frost

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97 173
erdos1 added

40
137 149
William Shakespeare

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111 208
Sylvia Plath

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88 168
William Butler Yeats

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81 165
Elise Hennigan added W. B. Yeats

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74 176
miriam added Sylvia Plath

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40 25
purplewormteeth added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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104 154
looksharp added Robert Herrick

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28 9
Crystal Cadger added Edgar

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105 178
looksharp added William Butler Yeats

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54 171
Linus added

50
95 163
William Blake