Literature 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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997 260
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2
865 115
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

3
664 273
William Shakespeare

4
689 220

5
666 311
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
658 169
Walt Whitman

7
558 131

8
437 193
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9
542 66
Papaof3 added

10
432 114
William Shakespeare

11
628 152

12
457 162

13
382 183
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

14
304 213
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
278 194
William Wordsworth

16
287 215
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

17
252 179
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18
332 189
Maya Angelou

19
214 165
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

20
256 135
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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220 201

22
278 178
Edgar Allan Poe

23
246 171
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

24
130 181
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling

25
164 90