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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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682 64
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

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562 228
All the World's a Stage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
All the World's a Stage William Shakespeare

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595 189
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy E... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening Robert Frost

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568 270
If - is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

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570 142
O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

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484 110
Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

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370 168
The Rime of the Ancient Marine... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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472 44
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven

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370 96
Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

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414 136
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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542 137
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Dylan Thomas

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331 166
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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250 198
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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225 178
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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216 165
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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290 159
Still I Rise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

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183 149
A Red, Red Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns

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187 181
I Carry Your Heart With Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Carry Your Heart With Me E. E. Cummings

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239 156
A Dream Within A Dream is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Dream Within A Dream Edgar Allan Poe

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206 123
She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 22 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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217 154
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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114 165
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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145 66
Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
kent787 added Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob Dylan

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140 175
The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

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160 113
Sonnet 53 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

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171 142
I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

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125 170
I Cannot Live With You is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Cannot Live With You Emily Dickinson

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117 159
To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

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167 150
Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

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116 189
Howl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

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89 146
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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94 155
To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

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84 145
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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139 155
Birches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

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126 140
We’ll Go No More A-Roving is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
We’ll Go No More A-Roving Lord Byron

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98 191
Daddy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

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84 165
Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

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121 137
Seven Ages of Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

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78 157
A Poet to His Beloved is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poet to His Beloved William Butler Yeats

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69 165
Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

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69 158
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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93 143
To the Virgins, to Make Much o... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time Robert Herrick

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48 160
Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

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84 141
Bear in There is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Bear in There Shel Silverstein

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92 168
The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

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86 155
A Poison Tree is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poison Tree William Blake

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23 17
The Lady of Shalott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
purplewormteeth added The Lady of Shalott Alfred Tennyson^! 1st Baron Tennyson