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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Linus added

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850 109
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

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654 269
William Shakespeare

4
679 217

5
660 306
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
653 167
Walt Whitman

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551 128

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433 191
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9
533 64
Papaof3 added

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429 111
William Shakespeare

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619 152

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454 159

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377 180
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

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298 212
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
285 211
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

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269 193
William Wordsworth

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245 179
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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328 185
Maya Angelou

19
210 164
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

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251 133
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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218 198

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276 174
Edgar Allan Poe

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242 169
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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129 179
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling

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162 84

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158 188
Mollevangsvagen added T. S. Eliot

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162 195
Linus added William Ernest Henley

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178 122
Newhere added William Shakespeare

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136 170
christopher-edwards added Andrew Marvell

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184 154
Walt Whitman

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138 179
Emily Dickinson

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179 159
Robert Frost

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114 164
Malachy Walsh added John Keats

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128 200
barnonegroup added Allen Ginsberg

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145 150

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95 154
Linus added Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

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151 164
Robert Frost

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97 173
erdos1 added

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137 149
William Shakespeare

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111 210
Sylvia Plath

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88 169
William Butler Yeats

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81 166
Elise Hennigan added W. B. Yeats

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77 177
miriam added Sylvia Plath

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44 26
purplewormteeth added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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33 9
Crystal Cadger added Edgar

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105 155
looksharp added Robert Herrick

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107 178
looksharp added William Butler Yeats

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54 171
Linus added

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95 164
William Blake