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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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The Road Not Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added The Road Not Taken

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348 140
All the World's a Stage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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410 156
If - is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

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295 24
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

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381 101
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy E... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening Robert Frost

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269 60
Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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225 81
The Rime of the Ancient Marine... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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204 48
Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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190 17
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven

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346 76
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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231 74
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou

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318 75
O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

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206 89
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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181 98
The Love Song of J. Alfred Pru... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T. S. Eliot

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The Waste Land is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

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135 85
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud William Wordsworth

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114 79
Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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97 67
A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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154 73
Still I Rise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

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150 79
A Dream Within A Dream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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112 93
I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Carry Your Heart With Me E. E. Cummings

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87 84
Invictus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

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122 81
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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77 80
The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Stranger Rudyard Kipling

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103 65
I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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94 53
She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added She Walks in Beauty George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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80 91
The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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75 83
I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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63 78
To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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75 97
Howl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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93 72
Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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76 52
Sonnet 53 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

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89 74
Birches is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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62 96
Daddy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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53 82
Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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42 64
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added What Lips My Lips Have Kissed (Sonnet 42) Edna St. Vincent Millay

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48 77
A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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50 76
To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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71 62
Seven Ages of Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

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44 70
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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74 69
We’ll Go No More A-Roving is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
We’ll Go No More A-Roving Lord Byron

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44 79
Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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26 9
Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
kent787 added Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob Dylan

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39 75
Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

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30 74
Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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62 84
The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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51 66
To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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28 72
Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Philippe Lauwers added Ramayana Valmiki

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30 82
In a Station of the Metro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added In a Station of the Metro Ezra Pound

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53 74
A Poison Tree is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poison Tree William Blake