poetry The Greatest Poems Ever Written  

Ranker Books
Originally by
14.2k votes 1.8k voters 31.9k views 87 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
461 105
The Road Not Taken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added The Road Not Taken

The Greatest Love Poems Ever Written The Best Hulu Original Series

2
354 141
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

3
413 159
If - is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added If - Rudyard Kipling

4
301 24
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven Edgar Allan Poe

5
386 102
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

6
272 61
Shall I compare thee to a summ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written

7
230 82
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

8
207 49
Shakespeare's sonnets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Shakespeare's sonnets William Shakespeare

9
195 17
The Raven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added The Raven

10
350 77
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

11
235 76
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

12
321 76
O Captain! My Captain! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman

13
208 90
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

14
182 100
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

15
163 103
The Waste Land is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Waste Land T. S. Eliot

The Best Short Poems to Memorize The Best Female Characters in Literature

16
138 88
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

17
117 80
Kubla Khan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Kubla Khan Samuel Taylor Coleridge

18
158 75
Still I Rise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Still I Rise Maya Angelou

19
97 69
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

20
150 80
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

21
112 94
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

22
88 86
Invictus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Invictus William Ernest Henley

23
124 81
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added Ulysses Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

25
83 92
The Hollow Men is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mollevangsvagen added The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot

26
105 66
I Hear America Singing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
I Hear America Singing Walt Whitman

27
97 54
She Walks in Beauty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Papaof3 added She Walks in Beauty George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

28
76 85
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

29
97 73
Mending Wall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Mending Wall Robert Frost

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die The Best Qualities in a Man

30
63 80
To His Coy Mistress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
christopher-edwards added To His Coy Mistress Andrew Marvell

31
76 99
Howl is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
barnonegroup added Howl Allen Ginsberg

32
92 75
Birches is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Birches Robert Frost

33
78 54
Sonnet 53 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Newhere added Sonnet 53 William Shakespeare

34
64 98
Daddy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Daddy Sylvia Plath

35
54 83
Sailing to Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
erdos1 added Sailing to Byzantium

36
42 66
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

37
48 79
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

38
45 71
Don Juan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
malachi4.4ministries added Don Juan George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

39
50 78
To Autumn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Malachy Walsh added To Autumn John Keats

40
71 64
Seven Ages of Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Seven Ages of Man William Shakespeare

41
75 71
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

42
31 9
Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
kent787 added Hey, Mister Tamborine Man, Bob Dylan

43
45 81
Lady Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
miriam added Lady Lazarus Sylvia Plath

The 10 Most Bizarre Sex Ed Videos The Best Blizzard Entertainment Games List

44
40 77
Easter, 1916 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Elise Hennigan added Easter, 1916 W. B. Yeats

45
31 76
Love's Philosophy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Linus added Love's Philosophy Percy Bysshe Shelley

46
64 86
The Second Coming is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
looksharp added The Second Coming William Butler Yeats

47
52 68
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

48
28 74
Ramayana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
Philippe Lauwers added Ramayana Valmiki

49
30 84
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

50
53 76
A Poison Tree is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Poems Ever Written
A Poison Tree William Blake