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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The Road Not Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added The Road Not Taken

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

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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

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

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O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

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Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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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 Raven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven

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Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 14 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 Waste Land is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud William Wordsworth

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Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Still I Rise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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A Dream Within A Dream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added She Walks in Beauty George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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Sonnet 53 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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

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I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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Howl is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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What Lips My Lips Have Kissed ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (Sonnet 42) Edna St. Vincent Millay

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We’ll Go No More A-Roving is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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Birches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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Seven Ages of Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

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Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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The Lady of Shalott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
purplewormteeth added The Lady of Shalott Alfred Tennyson^! 1st Baron Tennyson

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The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Annabel Lee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Crystal Cadger added Annabel Lee Edgar

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A Poison Tree is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poison Tree William Blake