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Top 500 Poems


 

# Poet Poem User Rating Comment Count
276. Oliver Wendell Holmes poet A Familiar Letter by Oliver Wendell Holmes
YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
6.27 17
277. Phillis Wheatley poet On Imagination by Phillis Wheatley
THY various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp
5.27 17
278. Alfred Edward Housman poet To an Athlete Dying Young by Alfred Edward Housman
The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
7.59 10
279. Sylvia Plath poet Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Stasis in darkness.
Then the substanceless blue
7.62 9
280. Anne Sexton poet 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton
In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
6.83 9
281. William Stafford poet Ask Me by William Stafford
Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
7.31 5
282. John Boyle O'Reilly poet A White Rose by John Boyle O'Reilly
THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
6.73 4
283. Sir Walter Raleigh poet Her Reply by Sir Walter Raleigh
IF all the world and love were young,
And truth in every shepherd's tongue,
5.86 14
284. Sir Walter Raleigh poet The Conclusion by Sir Walter Raleigh
EVEN such is Time, that takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
6.30 17
285. Linda Pastan poet Marks by Linda Pastan
My husband gives me an A
for last night's supper,
7.44 15
286. Ella Wheeler Wilcox poet "It Might Have Been" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We will be what we could be. Do not say,
"It might have been, had not this, or that, or this."
5.77 3
287. jim foulk poet Lonely am I by jim foulk Rookie
Lonely are the nights
Lonely are the days
8.84 28
288. Edgar Albert Guest poet See it Through by Edgar Albert Guest
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
8.00 6
289. David Bates poet Childhood by David Bates
Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
7.19 22
290. Jack Kerouac poet Haiku (Birds singing...) by Jack Kerouac
Birds singing
in the dark
—Rainy dawn.
6.31 10
291. Ted Hughes poet Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
7.83 7
292. Carl Sandburg poet Chicago by Carl Sandburg
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
7.30 7
293. James Whitcomb Riley poet A Barefoot Boy by James Whitcomb Riley
A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play --
For May is here once more, and so is he, --
5.49 24
294. Alexander Pope poet Summer by Alexander Pope
See what delights in sylvan scenes appear!
Descending Gods have found Elysium here.
6.63 14
295. Jorge Luis Borges poet Instants by Jorge Luis Borges
If I could live again my life,
In the next - I'll try,
8.49 13
296. Wendell Berry poet The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
9.61 5
297. Clive Staples Lewis poet As the Ruin Falls by Clive Staples Lewis
All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
7.39 9
298. Sylvia Plath poet Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath
I have done it again.
One year in every ten
9.42 8
299. Antonio Machado poet Last Night As I Was Sleeping by Antonio Machado
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
7.32 9
300. Wallace Stevens poet Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
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Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
8.78 11
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