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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1,022 269
Linus added
2
888 120
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe
3
669 276
William Shakespeare
4
698 221
5
677 313
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling
6
662 172
Walt Whitman
7
563 132
8
441 195
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge
9
547 67
Papaof3 added
10
434 117
William Shakespeare
11
633 154
12
462 164
13
388 185
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri
14
310 214
looksharp added T. S. Eliot
15
281 195
William Wordsworth
16
295 216
looksharp added T. S. Eliot
17
255 180
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge
18
339 191
Maya Angelou
19
216 166
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns
20
256 136
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
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222 202
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281 179
Edgar Allan Poe
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251 172
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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131 183
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling
25
166 92