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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1,009 265
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880 118
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

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667 276
William Shakespeare

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693 221

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673 312
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
661 172
Walt Whitman

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561 132

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440 195
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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546 67
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433 117
William Shakespeare

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630 154

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461 164

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385 184
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

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308 214
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
279 195
William Wordsworth

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291 216
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

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253 180
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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335 190
Maya Angelou

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214 166
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

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256 136
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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221 202

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281 179
Edgar Allan Poe

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248 172
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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131 183
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling

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166 92