Famous Poetry: Top 80 Poems Ever Written

typesofpoetry“There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.”

Do you have a favorite poem?  The above lines are an excerpt from my favorite poem, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Poetry is a different type of language, but it is a vital one.  Poetry is used by many to express feelings, perceptions, spirituality, and beauty, among other things.  To get you used to this form of literature that combines both senses and sound, let’s take at some famous poetry with a list of the top 80 poems of all time, as well as two other different categories.

Get started with a guide to William Blake classics here.

80 Pieces of Famous Poetry

Check out this list of the top 80 most famous poems ever written:

  1. A Birthday Poem by Ted Kooser
  2. A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. A Girl by Ezra Pound
  4. A Poet To His Beloved by William Butler Yeats
  5. A Poison Tree by William Blake
  6. A pretty a day by E. E. Cummings
  7. A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash
  8. All the World’s a Stage by William Shakespeare
  9. America by Allen Ginsberg
  10. And The Moon And The Stars And The World by Charles Bukowski
  11. As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky
  12. Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio by James Wright
  13. Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky
  14. Bear In There by Shel Silverstein
  15. Birches by Robert Frost
  16. Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats
  17. By An Evolutionist by Alfred Lord Tennyson
  18. Daddy by Sylvia Plath
  19. Deaths And Entrances by Dylan Thomas
  20. Dedication by Robert Louis Stevenson
  21. Digging by Seamus Heaney
  22. Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas
  23. Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
  24. Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
  25. During Wind And Rain by Thomas Hardy
  26. Epithalamion by e.e. cummings
  27. Fast rode the knight by Stephen Crane
  28. Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop
  29. Frost At Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  30. Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden
  31. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
  32. Happiness by Raymond Carver
  33. I Cannot Live With You by Emily Dickinson
  34. I carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings
  35. I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou
  36. I Taught Myself To Live Simply by Anna Akhmatova
  37. I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth
  38. If those I loved were lost by Emily Dickinson
  39. If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda
  40. If You Have Seen by Thomas Moore
  41. In Arthur’s House by William Morris
  42. Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
  43. Life is fine by Langston Hughes
  44. Mending Wall by Robert Frost
  45. Messy Room by Shel Silverstein
  46. No Second Troy by William Butler Yeats
  47. Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
  48. One Hundred and Three by Henry Lawson
  49. Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
  50. Romance by Edgar Allan Poe
  51. Seeker Of Truth by E. E. Cummings
  52. Seven Ages Of Man by William Shakespeare
  53. Sick by Shel Silverstein
  54. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
  55. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
  56. Success Is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickinson
  57. The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  58. The Broken Heart by William Barnes
  59. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson
  60. The Dole of the King’s Daughter by Oscar Wilde
  61. The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon’s Chapel by Robert Herrick
  62. The Lady of the Lake (excerpt) by Sir Walter Scott
  63. The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
  64. The New Poetry Handbook by Mark Strand
  65. The Poor Ghost by Christina Rossetti
  66. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  67. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  68. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
  69. The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
  70. There is another sky by Emily Dickinson
  71. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden
  72. Thy Days Are Done by Lord Byron
  73. To A Mouse by Robert Burns
  74. To My Wife – With A Copy Of My Poems by Oscar Wilde
  75. To You by Walt Whitman
  76. Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou
  77. Two In The Campagna by Robert Browning
  78. Walking Around by Pablo Neruda
  79. What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio
  80. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Top 30 Love Poems

poetrystylesHere is a list of the top 30 most famous love poems ever written.  Enroll in this course to learn how to understand, read, and comprehend romantic poetry.

  1. A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer
  2. A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. A Poet To His Beloved by William Butler Yeats
  4. Always for the first time by Andre Breton
  5. Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her by Christopher Brennan
  6. Bride Song by Christina Rossetti
  7. Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art by John Keats
  8. Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. For beauty being the best of all we know by Robert Bridges
  10. Helas by Oscar Wilde
  11. I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale
  12. I am shut out of mine own heart by Christopher Brennan
  13. I have loved flowers that fade by Robert Bridges
  14. I held a Jewel in my fingers by Emily Dickinson
  15. Longing by Matthew Arnold
  16. Love and a Question by Robert Frost
  17. Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte
  18. Love Is Enough by William Morris
  19. Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  20. My Love Reveals Objects by Isabel Fraire
  21. Sonnet 13 – And wilt thou have me fashion into speech by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  22. Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  23. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
  24. The Definition Of Love by Andrew Marvell
  25. The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear
  26. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
  27. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
  28. Those lips that Love’s own hand did make by William Shakespeare
  29. Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou
  30. Wonder by Ibn Arabi

Top 20 Funny Poems

Have an urge to tickle your funny bone?  Check out this list of the top 20 poems that are both funny and humorous.

  1. A Blank Letter by Sudeep Sen
  2. A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman
  3. A Song from the Suds by Louisa May Alcott
  4. A Song Of The Sandbags by Robert William Service
  5. A Warning on Spontaneous Combustion by Stuart McLean
  6. Afternoon in School – The Last Lesson by D. H. Lawrence
  7. Asparagus by Marriott Edgar
  8. Beautiful Soup by Lewis Carroll
  9. Café Comedy by Robert William Service
  10. Canis Major by Robert Frost
  11. Child of Europe by Czeslaw Milosz
  12. Cloony The Clown by Shel Silverstein
  13. Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes
  14. Darkies by John Lindley
  15. Exchanging Hats by Elizabeth Bishop
  16. February 23 by David Lehman
  17. For Some Poems by Matthew Arnold
  18. For The Foxes by Charles Bukowski
  19. Funny — to be a Century by Emily Dickinson
  20. George, Who played with a Dangerous Toy by Hilaire Belloc

Famous Words of Expression

As you can tell, there are many different forms and types of poetry, and no one type is more famous than the other.  Poetry can be as inspirational and as multi-dimensional as you wish to make it.  For a better understanding of other forms of poetry, this course on understanding and appreciating sonnets will expose you to one of the oldest and most powerful forms of poetry.