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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922 233
Linus added The Road Not Taken

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798 97
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

3
624 257
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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651 209

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627 295
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

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630 161
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

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534 121

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412 186
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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517 57
Papaof3 added The Raven

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409 107
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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595 148

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443 153

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364 177
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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285 209
looksharp added The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T. S. Eliot

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271 208
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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255 190
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud William Wordsworth

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237 177
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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319 180
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

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202 162
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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214 195

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269 168
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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238 131
Papaof3 added She Walks in Beauty George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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238 167
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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126 177
Mollevangsvagen added The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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161 81

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154 187
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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175 119
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

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150 190
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

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183 151
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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133 169
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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137 178
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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177 157
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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109 163
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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124 199
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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97 155
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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142 148

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92 153
Linus added What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (Sonnet 42) Edna St. Vincent Millay

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148 162
Birches Robert Frost

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135 146
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

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94 172
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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109 205
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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87 165
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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78 164
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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73 175
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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103 153
looksharp added To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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38 25
purplewormteeth added The Lady of Shalott Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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27 8
Crystal Cadger added Annabel Lee Edgar

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104 177
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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54 169
Linus added Love's Philosophy

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94 161
A Poison Tree William Blake