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Top 500 Poems


 

# Poet Poem User Rating Comment Count
26. Langston Hughes poet Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
8.69 37
27. Walt Whitman poet O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
8.42 54
28. Roger McGough poet Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough
Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
8.15 52
29. Charles Bukowski poet A Smile To Remember by Charles Bukowski
we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
7.29 35
30. John Donne poet No Man Is An Island by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
403,233.50 41
31. Emily Dickinson poet "Why do I love" You, Sir? by Emily Dickinson
480
"Why do I love" You, Sir?
6.35 41
32. Roger McGough poet The Lesson by Roger McGough
Chaos ruled OK in the classroom
as bravely the teacher walked in
7.97 91
33. Charles Bukowski poet Alone With Everybody by Charles Bukowski
the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
7.52 26
34. William Shakespeare poet A Fairy Song by William Shakespeare
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
7.28 74
35. Spike Milligan poet On the Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan
On the Ning Nang Nong
Where the Cows go Bong!
8.51 45
36. Elizabeth Barrett Browning poet How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
7.85 34
37. John Keats poet A Thing of Beauty (Endymion) by John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
7.35 47
38. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poet A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
7.24 38
39. William Blake poet The Tiger by William Blake
Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forest of the night
7.39 43
40. Emily Dickinson poet "Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson
185
"Faith" is a fine invention
6.19 38
41. Christina Georgina Rossetti poet Remember by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
7.53 47
42. Joyce Kilmer poet Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
8.45 57
43. Edwin Arlington Robinson poet Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
8.10 72
44. William Shakespeare poet Carpe Diem by William Shakespeare
O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
6.33 27
45. Walt Whitman poet A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman
THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
7.17 33
46. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien poet All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
209.45 50
47. John Keats poet Bright Star by John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
7.18 41
48. Percy Bysshe Shelley poet Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
8.22 48
49. Lewis Carroll poet Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
8.32 41
50. Wilfred Owen poet Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
1 Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
2 Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
8.30 34
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