Essential Poems

Name the best poems conceived by the human race. Main Sources:
In no particular Order
I am going through these again on the criteria, I will be merging and doing more titles over time.
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Last updated: July 8, 2024
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I included a lot of English Poems but still a lot of Foreign ones
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Henry Scott Holland
Death Is Nothing At All
Siegfried Sassoon
Kobayashi Issa
The Snow is Melting
Kimiko Hahn
In Childhood
Yosa Buson
The Short Night
Matsuo Basho
The Dragonfly
Collection of Six Haikus
Alexander Pushkin
I Don't Deplore These Years
Charles Baudelaire
A Woman Passing By
Desanka Maksimovic
Bloody Fairy Tale
Migratory Birds
Fedrico Garcia Lorca
Arbole, Arbole
Gabriela Mistral
Song of Death
Death Sonnet
Hermann Hesse
At Night At the High Seas
The Dream
We Live as a Form
Jacques Prévert
Birdwatcher's Song
Maya Angelou
Phenomenal Woman
Jorge Luis Borges
A Wolf
The Art of Poetry
You Learn
Mir Taqi Mir
In My Own Way
Miraza Ghalib
An Open House
To be Human, Is no Easy Feat
Octavio Paz
Between Going and Staying
As One Listens to the Rain
Pablo Neruda
Don't Go Far Off
XVII Sonnet of Love
Rabindranath Tagore
Paper Boats
On the Nature of Love
Let Me Not Forget
Babys World
A Moment of Hapiness
Any Chance Meeting
This Art
The Guest House
William Shakespeare
Sonnet 18
All the World's A stage
Sonnet 59
Sonnet 116
John Donne
Death be not Proud
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
Ben Jonson
Song to Celia
William Blake
Of Another's Sorrow
The Human Abstract
William Wordsworth
Guilt and Sorrow
She Dwelt among untrodden ways
A slumber did my spirit seal
I wandered lonley as a cloud
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Frost at Midnight
Lord Bryon
When we two parted
So we'll go no more a roving
Percy Bysshe Shelly
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
John Keats
Ode to a Grecian Urn
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Sonnet: To Sleep
Clement Clark Moore
A Visit from St Nicholas
John Greenleaf Whittier
What the Birds Said
Telling the Bees
Langston Hughes
Negro Speaks of Rivers
The Weary Blues
Let America Be America Again
Robert Frost
Fire and Ice
The Road not Taken
After Apple Picking
Mending Wall
Dylan Thomas
Do Not go Gentle into that Good Night
And Death Shall Have no Dominion
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snow Flakes
The Childrens Hour
Ted Kooser
A Birthday Poem
Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven
Annabel Lee
A Dream Within a Dream
The Conqueror Worm
Wallace Stevens
Dissalusionment of Ten o' Clock
Thirteen Ways to look at a Blackbird
The Snow Man
Sunday Morning (Stanza 7)
Carl Sandburg
The Harbor
Harrison Street Court
Muhammad Allama Iqbal
Two Planets
The Cloud on the Mountain
Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain!
When I heard the learn'd Astronomer
Song of Myself 51
To any army wife in Sardis
Charaxos and Larichos
Emily Dickinson
I started early, took my dog
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant
A Bird, came down the walk
Because I could not stop for Death
I never lost as much but twice
My life had stood a loaded gun
After great pain a formal feeling comes
Hope is the thing with feathers
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Kraken
Henry Lawson
Unwritten Books
The Unknown God
Omar Khayyam
The Rubaiyat
Elizabeth Barret Browning
Sonnets from the Portuguese 43
Oliver Wendel Holmes
Old Ironsides
The Voicless
Emily Bronte
Julia Ward Howe
My Last Dance
Herman Melville
The Conflict of Convictions (Stanzas 3-5)
The Maldive Shark
Gerard Manley Hopkins
I wake and Feel the Fell of Dark
Edward Lear
The Jumblies
William Ernest Henley
Margaritae Sorori
Eugene Field
Our Two Opinions
Little Boy Blue
Robert Louis Stevenson
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
You Never Can Tell
Ruyard Kipling
A. A Milne
When I was One
William Butler Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
Easter, 1916
The Second Coming
Thomas Hardy
The Convergence of the Twain
A E Housman
When I was One and Twenty
Jon McCrae
In Flanders Field
Amy Lowell
New Heavens for Old
A Lady
Robert W Service
Carry on!
Edgar Lee Masters
George Gray
Edna St Vincent Millay
William Carlos Williams
To Elise
E E Cummings
i carry your heart with me
Yu Qian
Limestone Chant
Agha Shahid Ali
Luo Binwang
Parting on the River Yi
Listening to the Cicadas in Prison
Shahids Caravan
Dear Heart
Look at the Grinding Stones Dohas
I said to the Wanting Creature Inside Me
Kamala Das
The Old Playhouse
A Hot Noon in Malabar
Theophile Gautier
The Blind Man
Kahlil Gibran
The Scarecrow
The Blessed City
James Joyce
Tutto Sciolto
Night Piece
Brandy Nalani McDougall
He Mele Aloha no ka Niu
Craig Santos Perez
(First Trimester)
Judith Wright
Woman to Man
Dorothea Mackeller
The Dreamer
Burning Off
Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Municipal Gum
W. S. Rendra
The Worlds First Face
Toeti Heraty
A Woman's Portrait 1938
Two Women
Kim Hyesoon
Inside-Bird and Outside-Bird
Dongju Yun
Yet Another Home
A Poem I've Written Easily
Xuan Dieu
Ho Xuan Huong
Confession III
Chiranan Pitpreecha
Night Ponderings
Dennis Brutus
"Bury the Great Duke"
Wole Soyinka
Civilian and Soldier
In the Small Hours
Muhammad Shanazar
O! Death Stop
A Deformed Angel
Okot P'Bitek
Cattle Egret
Warsan Shire
Koleka Putuma
Black Joy
Jean Joseph Rabearivelo
Three Birds
Li Bai
The Solitude of Night
Gwendolyn Brooks
Boy Breaking Glass
The Children of the Poor
Laurence Binyon
For The Fallen
Mukoma Wa Ngugi
I Swear I See Skulls Coming
Paul Celan
Kofi Awonoor
Had Death Not Had Me in Tears
JP Clark
The Casualties
To His Mistress
Frederich Von Schiller
To a Moralist
Tahar Ben Jalloun
The Rising of the Ashes (Before)
Henrik Ibsen
Burnt Ships
Susan Kiguli
I Love Home
Mary Oliver
Wild Geese
Lisa Mueller
The Blind Leading the Blind
Beginning with 1914
Edgar A Guest
See It Through
Sara Teasdale
After Love
The Broken Field
Night Song at Amalifi
Joyce Kilmer
The Apartment House
T S Eliot
The Hollow Men
Gerontion (Stanza 5)
Cousin Nancy
Ezra Pound
Middle-Aged: A Study in Emotion
The Station of the Metro
John Henry
Seven Steps Verse
Meng Haoran
Spring Morning
Min Nong/Li Shen
Pity Toiling Farmers
Li Shangyin
The Fine Evening
Cao Xueqin
Story of Stone
Philip Larkin
Paula Gunn Allen
Taking a Visitor to See the Ruins
Anne Carson
Tango XIX
Terrance Hayes
Tracy K Smith
The Universe as Primal Screaming
I Don't Miss it
Natalie Diaz
These Hands, If Not Gods
Natasha Trethewey
Ocean Vuong
Tell Me Something Good
Danez Smith
the bullet was a girl
The 17 Year Old and the Gay Bar
Cathy Park Hong
Engines Within the Throne
Ontology of Chang and Eng
Patricia Lockwood
The Pinch
Rape Joke
Ross Gay
For Some Slight I Can't Quite Recall
ode to the puritain in me
Ada Limon
Sharks in the Rivers
The Conditional
Carl Philips
Benjamin Zephaniah
Dis Poetry
Derek Walcott
A Far Cry From Africa
Spike Milligan
Have A Nice Day
Anne Sexton
After Auschwitz
Wilfred Owen
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask
Philis Wheatley
On Being Brought From Africa to America
Li Po
Alone and Drinking Under the Moon
Robert Herrick
To The Virgins, Make Much of Time
Edna Millay
What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why
Look to this Day
Nazim Hikmet
Letters from a Man in Solitude
On Living
Claude McKay
If We Must Die
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The World is a Beautiful Place
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Who Understands me but Me
Mahmoud Darwish
Under Siege
I Have a Seat in the Abandoned Theater
Wislawa Szymborska
A Few Words on the Soul
Hunger Camp at Jaslo
Swami Vivekananda
Song of the Free
Ernest Thayer
Casey at the Bat
Walter De La Mare
The Listeners
Ingeborg Bachmann
Emma Lazarus
The New Colossus
Leonie Adams
Certainly Beauty
Magnificat in Little
Chairil Anwar
Pines in the Distance
My Friend and I
Marguerite Young
The Clinic
Sylvia Plath
Paul Blackburn
Ritual VIII
Louisa May Alcott
My Kingdom
Ruben Dario
Edward Arlington Robinson
Luke Havergal
Richard Cory
Alexander Pope
Jose Marti
I Wish to Leave the World
A Sincere Man Am I
Ode I 11
Bei Dao
Moon Festival
Sergei Yesenin
The Drops
What Is Gone Can't Be Retrieved
Zhai Yongming
The Black Room
Safia Elhillo
A Memory of Us
Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin
Azabo Revisited
Nizar Qabanni
I Conquer the World with Words
Al Mutannabi
Saadi Shirazi
Manner of Kings 2
Manner of Kings 5
Yehuda Amichai
A Child is Something Else Again
Shel Silverstein
A Boy Named Sue
Sarojini Naidu
To The God of Pain
Village Song
Etel Adnan
XXXIX from Arab Apocalypse
Joy Harjo
Niyi Osundare
Not My Business
Mbuyiseni Mtshali
Nightfall in Soweto
Lenrie Peters
We Have Come Home
Lutpulla Mutellip
Reponse to Years
Level 78
May 3, 2021
Wow! Quite a list. Obviously it's subjective, but with such a long list I think you really should include some poems by the best poet using the English language (in my opinion) - Wilfred Owens. Certainly "Dulce et decorum est" should be in there. Also, a correction: It's not "Do not go gently into that good night". It is "gentle". Please also allow some more titles e.g. "Daffodils" instead of first lines.
Level 80
May 7, 2021
Hi thanks for the reply. Could you help me out on some of the titles you are referring to? I use the American Poetry Foundation for most titles so that's what I get my sources from mostly.
Level 78
Jun 7, 2021
Daffodils is the common title for the poem which you have called "I wandered lonley (should be lonely)as a cloud". Thanks for including some GM Hopkins. My favourite of his has a title that is a bit of a mouthful: "That nature is an Heraclitean fire and on the comfort of the Resurrection"!
Level 59
Jan 19, 2023
You should merge poet names/
Level 80
Jan 20, 2023
Eventually, jobs are rough these days.
Level 59
Mar 24, 2023
Just hit merge all up and down.
Level 59
Jan 19, 2023
Essential songs next?
Level 80
Jan 20, 2023
It is a titanic project that I am currently undertaking, and is a bit different in how I format it due to the unique dimensions of music as a scientific and artistic device. It has unique properties, and many songs to consider. It will be a while
Level 24
Jun 2, 2023
as a literary student, I've nominated you. Go far and wide! Although please make corrections for the titles, as it is impossible to get them with misspelled words.
Level 80
Jun 2, 2023
Thanks for the nomination! You've got it, I will be working a lot on type ins in the coming weeks as I have been referring a lot back to this list myself during slow hours of work.