Literature The Greatest Poems Ever Written  

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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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988 258
Linus added

2
857 112
Papaof3 added Edgar Allan Poe

3
661 271
William Shakespeare

4
685 219

5
665 308
looksharp added Rudyard Kipling

6
655 169
Walt Whitman

7
554 131

8
435 192
looksharp added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9
538 64
Papaof3 added

10
431 113
William Shakespeare

11
622 152

12
456 160

13
379 182
malachi4.4ministries added Dante Alighieri

14
301 212
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

15
274 194
William Wordsworth

16
286 213
looksharp added T. S. Eliot

17
248 179
erdos1 added Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18
331 186
Maya Angelou

19
212 164
christopher-edwards added Robert Burns

20
254 134
Papaof3 added George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

21
277 176
Edgar Allan Poe

22
218 200

23
245 170
looksharp added Alfred, Lord Tennyson

24
129 180
Mollevangsvagen added Rudyard Kipling

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162 88