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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951 243
Linus added

2
824 106
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

3
640 263
William Shakespeare

4
659 214

5
640 301
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
641 165
Walt Whitman

7
542 124

8
422 189
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9
524 63
Papaof3 added

10
421 110
William Shakespeare

11
605 152

12
449 156

13
371 179
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

14
290 212
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
262 192
William Wordsworth

16
275 211
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

17
239 179
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18
324 182
Maya Angelou

19
206 164
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

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243 133
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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216 198

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272 174
Edgar Allan Poe

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239 169
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
157 188
Mollevangsvagen added T. S. Eliot

28
156 192
Linus added William Ernest Henley

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184 153
Walt Whitman

30
134 170
christopher-edwards added Andrew Marvell

31
138 179
Emily Dickinson

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177 159
Robert Frost

33
112 164
Malachy Walsh added John Keats

34
126 200
barnonegroup added Allen Ginsberg

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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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144 150

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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

42
88 169
William Butler Yeats

43
81 166
Elise Hennigan added W. B. Yeats

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74 177
miriam added Sylvia Plath

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40 26
purplewormteeth added Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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104 155
looksharp added Robert Herrick

47
29 9
Crystal Cadger added Edgar

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105 178
looksharp added William Butler Yeats

49
95 163
William Blake

50
54 171
Linus added