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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836 108
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

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647 267
William Shakespeare

4
668 217

5
650 305
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
647 167
Walt Whitman

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546 127

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425 190
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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527 64
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424 111
William Shakespeare

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611 152

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451 158

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372 179
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

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294 212
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

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280 211
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

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264 193
William Wordsworth

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240 179
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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326 184
Maya Angelou

19
207 164
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

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246 133
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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217 198

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275 174
Edgar Allan Poe

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241 169
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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129 178
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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178 121
Newhere added William Shakespeare

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159 194
Linus added William Ernest Henley

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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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178 159
Robert Frost

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114 164
Malachy Walsh added John Keats

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127 200
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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111 208
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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76 177
miriam added Sylvia Plath

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42 26
purplewormteeth added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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105 155
looksharp added Robert Herrick

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30 9
Crystal Cadger added Edgar

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105 178
looksharp added William Butler Yeats

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95 163
William Blake

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54 171
Linus added