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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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All the World's a Stage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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If - is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

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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 Rime of the Ancient Marine... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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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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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven

The Best Short Poems to Memorize Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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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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A Dream Within A Dream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Carry Your Heart With Me E. E. Cummings

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Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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Still I Rise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

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I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Howl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

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Daddy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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Birches is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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What Lips My Lips Have Kissed ... is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Sonnet 53 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

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Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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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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Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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Seven Ages of Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

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In a Station of the Metro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added In a Station of the Metro Ezra Pound

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Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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And the Moon and the Stars and... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
And the Moon and the Stars and the World Charles Bukowski

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Romance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Romance Edgar Allan Poe

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Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Philippe Lauwers added Ramayana Valmiki