thumbnail

Essential Poems

Name the best poems conceived by the human race. Main Sources: https://www.poetryverse.com/foreign-poets https://www.poemhunter.com/
In no particular Order
I have read most of these
I kind of grouped them up by author
This quiz may take you a while...
Quiz by BishnuMcgee
Rate:
Last updated: May 7, 2021
First submittedOctober 11, 2017
Times taken64
Average score2.3%
Report this quizReport
30:45
I included a lot of English Poems but still a lot of Foreign ones
0
 / 434 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Author
Poem
Henry Scott Holland
Death Is Nothing At All
Kobayashi Issa
The Snow is Melting
Julian Lee Rayford
Junkyards
Cathrine Fisher
Walls
Siegfried Sassoon
Idyll
Robert Frost
The Road not Taken
Kimiko Hahn
In Childhood
Maya Angelou
Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou
Still I Rise
Agha Shahid Ali
Tonight
Yosa Buson
The Short Night
Matsuo Basho
The Dragonfly
Matsuo Basho
Collection of Six Haikus
Alexander Pushkin
Angel
Alexander Pushkin
Invocation
Alexander Pushkin
I Don't Deplore These Years
Alexander Pushkin
Thoughts
Charles Baudelaire
A Woman Passing By
Desanka Maksimovic
Bloody Fairy Tale
Desanka Makisimovic
Apprehension
Desanka Makisimovic
Joy
Desanka Maksimovic
Migratory Birds
Fedrico Garcia Lorca
Arbole, Arbole
Fredrico Garcia Lorca
Ditty of First Desire
Fredrico Garcia Lorca
Farewell
Gabriela Mistral
Anniversary
Hermann Hesse
Alone
Hermann Hesse
At Night At the High Seas
Hermann Hesse
The Drifting Leaf
Hermann Hesse
We Live as a Form
Jacques Prévert
Birdwatcher's Song
Jorge Luis Borges
A Wolf
Jorge Luis Borges
Adam Cast Forth
Jorge Luis Borges
Suicide
Jorge Luis Borges
The Other Tiger
Mir Taqi Mir
About Love
Miraza Ghalib
A Vow
Miraza Ghalib
An Open House
Miraza Ghalib
To be Human, Is no Easy Feat
Octavio Paz
As One Listens to the Rain
Pablo Neruda
Always
Pablo Neruda
In Salvador, Death
Pablo Neruda
XVII Sonnet of Love
Rabindranath Tagore
Freedom
Rabindranath Tagore
If You Would Have it so
Rabindranath Tagore
Waiting
Rabindranath Tagore
Paper Boats
Rabindranath Tagore
On the Nature of Love
Rabindranath Tagore
Let Me Not Forget
Rabindranath Tagore
Babys World
Rumi
A Moment of Hapiness
Rumi
Any Chance Meeting
Rumi
Beyond
Rumi
Come
Rumi
Let Them Sleep
Rumi
This Art
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Sonnets
William Shakespeare
All the World's A stage
John Donne
Death be not Proud
John Donne
The Sun Rising
John Donne
A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
Ben Jonson
Song to Celia
Robert Herrick
Corinna's Going a-Maying
Andrew Marvell
To His Coy Mistress
Thomas Gray
Elegy
Robert Burns
Tam O'Shanter
William Blake
Of Another's Sorrow
William Blake
The Human Abstract
William Blake
Experience Intro
William Wordsworth
Guilt and Sorrow
William Wordsworth
Resolution and Independence
William Wordsworth
Imitations of Immortality
William Wordsworth
Strange fits the Passion I have known
William Wordsworth
She Dwelt among untrodden ways
William Wordsworth
A slumber did my spirit seal
William Wordsworth
I wandered lonley as a cloud
William Wordsworth
The World is too much with us
William Wordsworth
The Solitary Reaper
William Wordsworth
Mutability
William Wordsworth
Ode to Duty
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Frost at Midnight
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Kubla Khan
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dejection: An Ode
Lord Bryon
When we two parted
Lord Bryon
She walks in beauty
Lord Bryon
So we'll go no more a roving
Lord Bryon
The Prisoner of Chillon
Percy Bysshe Shelly
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
Percy Bysshe Shelly
Ozymandias
Percy Bysshe Shelly
To a Skylark
John Keats
On First Looking to Chapmans Homer
John Keats
Ode to a Nightingdale
John Keats
Ode to a Grecian Urn
John Keats
To Autumn
John Keats
Ode on Melancholy
John Keats
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
John Keats
Sonnet: To Sleep
John Keats
Sonnet: Bright Star
John Keats
Human Seasons
Clement Clark Moore
A Visit from St Nicholas
John Greenleaf Whittier
The Barefoot Boy
John Greenleaf Whittier
Barbara Frietchie
John Greenleaf Whittier
What the Birds Said
John Greenleaf Whittier
Telling the Bees
Langston Hughes
Dreams
Langston Hughes
Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes
The Weary Blues
Langston Hughes
Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes
Harlem
Robert Frost
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost
Fire and Ice
Rolald Dahl
Television
Dylan Thomas
Do Not go Gentle into that Good Night
Dylan Thomas
And Death Shall Have no Dominion
Pablo Neruda
Don't Go Far Off
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Uriel
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Destiny
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ode: W.H Channing
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Days
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snow Flakes
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Paul Reveres Ride
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Childrens Hour
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Wreck of the Hesperus
Ted Kooser
A Birthday Poem
Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven
Edgar Allan Poe
Alone
Edgar Allan Poe
Ulalume
Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Lee
Edgar Allan Poe
The Haunted Palace
Edgar Allan Poe
The Conqueror Worm
Edgar Allan Poe
The City in the Sea
Edgar Allan Poe
A Dream within a Dream
Edgar Allan Poe
Eldorado
Robert Laurence Binyon
For The Fallen
Emily Dickinson
The Heart asks for pleasure first
Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson
When I hoped I feared
Emily Dickinson
A route of Evanescence
Wallace Stevens
Dissalusionment of Ten o' Clock
Wallace Stevens
Thirteen Ways to look at a Blackbird
Wallace Stevens
The Snow Man
Wallace Stevens
A High Toned Old Christian Woman
Wallace Stevens
Sunday Morning
Wallace Stevens
Of the Manner of Addressing Clouds
Wallace Stevens
The Emperor of Ice Cream
Carl Sandburg
The Harbor
Carl Sandburg
Chicago
Author
Poem
Emily Dickinson
I started early, took my dog
Emily Dickinson
As imperceptibly as Grief
Emily Dickinson
Theres a Certain Slant of Life
Emily Dickinson
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant
Emily Dickinson
Wild nights! Wild Nights!
Emily Dickinson
A light exists in spring
Emily Dickinson
Mine by the right of white election!
Emily Dickinson
I cannot live with you
Emily Dickinson
Split the lark and you'll find the music
Emily Dickinson
Safe in their alabaster chambers
Emily Dickinson
I like a look of agony
Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death
Emily Dickinson
I never lost as much but twice
Emily Dickinson
I felt a funeral in my brain
Emily Dickinson
In winter, in my room
Emily Dickinson
The Bible is an antique volume
Emily Dickinson
I reckon, when I count at all
Emily Dickinson
I dwell in Possibility
Emily Dickinson
My life had stood a loaded gun
Emily Dickinson
After great pain a formal feeling comes
Emily Dickinson
From blank to blank
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Kraken
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Mariana
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Lady of Shalott
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Locksley Hall
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Henry Lawson
Unwritten Books
Henry Lawson
The Men who Sleep with Danger
Omar Khayyam
The Rubaiyat
Elizabeth Barret Browning
Sonnets From the Portugese
Matthew Arnold
Dover Beach
Matthew Arnold
Stanzas from the Grande Charteuse
Oliver Wendel Holmes
Old Ironsides
Oliver Wendel Holmes
The Voicless
Oliver Wendel Holmes
The Promise
Oliver Wendel Holmes
The Living Temple
Oliver Wendel Holmes
Contentment
Oliver Wendel Holmes
The Deacons Masterpiece
Oliver Wendel Holmes
Nearing the Snow Line
Emily Bronte
Remembrance
Emily Bronte
Plead for Me
Emily Bronte
The Old Stoic
Emily Bronte
Stanzas
Emily Bronte
Now Coward soul is mine
Julia Ward Howe
My Last Dance
Julia Ward Howe
The Flag
Julia Ward Howe
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Herman Melville
From the Conflict of Convictions
Herman Melville
A Utilitarian View of the Monitors Flight
Herman Melville
The House Top
Herman Melville
On the Slain at Chickmagua
Herman Melville
A Meditation
Herman Melville
Tom Deadlight
Herman Melville
The Maldive Shark
Herman Melville
Monody
Gerard Manley Hopkins
God's Grandeur
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Carrion Comfort
Gerard Manley Hopkins
No Worst, There is none
Gerard Manley Hopkins
I wake and Feel the Fell of Dark
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Blessed Damozel
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Woodspurge
Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy Cat
Edward Lear
The Jumblies
Lewis Carroll
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
Jabberwocky
Francis Thompson
The Hound of Heaven
William Ernest Henley
Invictus
William Ernest Henley
Margaritae Sorori
William Ernest Henley
England, My England
James Whitcomb Riley
The Old Swimmin' Hole
James Whitcomb Riley
When the Frost is on the Pumpkin
James Whitcomb Riley
Little Orphan Annie
Eugene Field
Our Two Opinions
Eugene Field
Little Boy Blue
Eugene Field
Seein' Things
Robert Louis Stevenson
Requiem
Robert Louis Stevenson
He Hears with Gladdened Heart the Thunder
Robert Louis Stevenson
Gather Ye Roses
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Interlude
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
You Never Can Tell
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
You and Today
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
John Wesley's Rule
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Worth While
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A Fragment
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Life's Scars
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I Love your Lips
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A Morning Prayer
Ruyard Kipling
If
William Butler Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats
The Double Vision of Micheal Robartes
William Butler Yeats
Easter, 1916
William Butler Yeats
The Second Coming
Thomas Hardy
Afterwards
Thomas Hardy
The Darkling Thrush
Thomas Hardy
Hap
Thomas Hardy
Channel Firing
Thomas Hardy
The Convergence of the Twain
A E Housman
When I was One and Twenty
A E Housman
To an Athlete Dying Young
Stephen Crane
War is Kind
Jon McCrae
In Flanders Field
Rupert Brooke
War Sonnet V: The Soldier
Amy Lowell
Lilacs
Amy Lowell
Granadilla
Amy Lowell
Meeting House Hill
Amy Lowell
New Heavens for Old
Amy Lowell
Patterns
Amy Lowell
A Lady
Amy Lowell
A GIft
Amy Lowell
Apology
Amy Lowell
Thompson's Lunch Room
Amy Lowell
The Pike
Amy Lowell
Vernal Equinox
Amy Lowell
Bright Sunlight
Robert W Service
The Spell of the Yukon
Robert W Service
The Call of the Wild
Robert W Service
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
Robert W Service
Carry on!
Edgar Lee Masters
The Spoon River Anthology
Edna St Vincent Millay
Remanescense
Edna St Vincent Millay
The Ballad of the Harp Weaver
William Carlos Williams
Complaint
William Carlos Williams
The Widow's Lament in Springtime
William Carlos Williams
To Elise
William Carlos Williams
The Great Figure
Walt Whitman
Starting from Paumanok
Walt Whitman
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Walt Whitman
When I heard the learn'd Astronomer
Walt Whitman
When Lilacs Last in the Dooyard Bloom'd
Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain!
Walt Whitman
One's self I sing
Author
Poem
Carl Sandburg
Mag
Carl Sandburg
Mamie
Carl Sandburg
Under a Hat Rim
Carl Sandburg
Fog
Carl Sandburg
Harrison Street Court
Carl Sandburg
Sunset from Omaha Hotel Window
Carl Sandburg
Adelaide Crapsey
Carl Sandburg
Bilbea
Carl Sandburg
Cool Tombs
Carl Sandburg
Cahoots
John Masefield
Cargoes
Alfred Noyes
The Barrel Organ
Alfred Noyes
The Highwayman
Alfred Noyes
A Song of Sherwood
Edgar A Guest
See It Through
Edgar A Guest
It Couldn't Be Done
Edgar A Guest
Defeat
Edgar A Guest
The Junk Box
Edgar A Guest
Father
Edgar A Guest
Home
Edgar A Guest
No Place to Go
Edgar A Guest
Reward
Edgar A Guest
The Old, Old Story
Sara Teasdale
After Love
Sara Teasdale
Jewels
Sara Teasdale
The Look
Sara Teasdale
At Night
Sara Teasdale
Moods
Sara Teasdale
The Broken Field
Sara Teasdale
Let it be Forgotten
Sara Teasdale
A Little While
Sara Teasdale
The Sanctuary
Sara Teasdale
Night Song at Amalifi
Sara Teasdale
The Long Hill
Sara Teasdale
Water Lilies
Joyce Kilmer
Trees
Joyce Kilmer
Martin
Joyce Kilmer
The Apartment House
Joyce Kilmer
Memorial Day
T S Eliot
The Hollow Men
T S Eliot
The Wasteland
T S Eliot
The Love song of J Alfred Prufrock
Fredrich Nietzsche
God is dead
Plato
Allegory of the Cave
Anon
John Henry
Cáozhí
Seven Steps Verse
Chunaxio
Spring Morning
Min Nong
Toiling Farmers
Jing Yi Si
Thoughts in the Silent Night
Yong E
An Ode to a Goose
Cao Xueqin
Hong Lou Meng
Qu Yuan/Song Yu
Chu Ci
Paula Gunn Allen
Taking a Visitor to See the Ruins
Anne Carson
Tango XIX
Terrance Hayes
Barberism
Terrance Hayes
For Crying Out Loud
Tracy K Smith
The Universe as Primal Screaming
Tracy K Smith
Interrogative
Tracy K Smith
My God, It's Full of Stars
Natalie Diaz
Why I Don’t Mention Flowers...
Natalie Diaz
These Hands, If Not Gods
Natasha Trethewey
Pilgramage
Natasha Trethewey
Limen
Mary Szybist
Night Shifts at the Group Home
Robin Coste Lewis
Aubade
Robert Vuong
Self Portrait as Exit Wounds
Danez Smith
the bullet was a girl
Danez Smith
The 17 Year Old and the Gay Bar
Mark Leidner
Romantic Comedies
Mark Leidner
Things to Call Water
Cathy Park Hong
Engines Within the Throne
Cathy Park Hong
Hottentot Venus
Cathy Park Hong
Ontology of Chang and Eng
Eduardo C Corral
All the Trees of the Field Shall Clasp Their Hands
Patricia Lockwood
The Pinch
Patricia Lockwood
Rape Joke
Ross Gay
For Some Slight I Can't Recall
Ross Gay
To My Best Friend's Big Sister
Ross Gay
ode to the puritain in me
Ada Limon
Sharks in the Rivers
Ada Limon
The Conditional
Ada Limon
A New National Anthem
Ada Limon
The Raincoat
Donika Kelly
I Never Figured How to Get Free
Carl Philips
Leda, After the Swan
Carl Philips
Civilization
Ezra Pound
The Seafarer
Ezra Pound
The Station of the Metro
Wilfred Owen
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Wilfred Owen
Disabled
Phillis Wheatley
An Hymn to Humanity
Philis Wheatley
On Being Brought From Africa to America
Benjamin Zephaniah
The Race Industry
Benjamin Zephaniah
Dis Poetry
Benjamin Zephaniah
We Refugees
Derek Walcott
A Far Cry From Africa
Anne Sexton
Courage
Anne Sexton
After Auschwitz
Anne Sexton
45 Mercy Street
Spike Milligan
Have A Nice Day
Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear the Mask
Gwendolyn Brooks
The Mother
Kamala Das
The Old Playhouse
Kabir
Look at the Grinding Stoens Dohas
Li Po
Alone And Under the Moon
Edna Millay
What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why
Nikki Giovanni
Balances
Kalidasa
Look to this Day
Kalidasa
Waking
Kalidasa
Sahkuntala; Cloud Messenger
Valkimi
Mothers Blessings
Nazim Hikmet
Letters from a Man in Solitude
Nazim Hikmet
On Living
Claude McKay
If We Must Die
Claude McKay
The Plateau
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The World is a Beautiful Place
Robert Herick
To The Virgins, Make Much of Time
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Who Understands me but Me
Mahmoud Darwish
Under Siege
Mahmoud Darwish
I come from There
Wislawa Szymborska
Under One Small Star
Wislawa Szymborska
Lot's Wife
Swami Vivekananda
Song of the Free
Ernest Thayer
Casey at the Bat
Walter De La Mare
The Listeners
Ingeborg Bachmann
Stay
John Milton
On His Blindness
Emma Lazarus
The New Colossus
Vazha Pshavela
Snake Eater
Duncan Campbell Scott
The Forsaken
Leonie Adams
Certainly Beauty
Rex Ingamells
Sun Freedom
Chairil Anwar
Pines in the Distance
Marguerite Young
The Clinic
Ogden Nash
Ice Breaking
Ogden Nash
Reprise
Sylvia Plath
Edge
Sylvia Plath
The Applicant
Paul Blackburn
Brooklyn Narcissus
N/A
Narcissus
Don Mee Choi
Shitty Kitty
Elizabeth Bishop
One Art
Edward Arlington Robinson
Luke Havergal
Edward Arlington Robinson
Shadrach O'Leary
Edward Arlington Robinson
Richard Cory
Edward Arlington Robinson
Miniver Cheevy
Louisa May Alcott
My Kingdom
Ruben Dario
Fatality
Wilfred Owens
Dulce et Decorum Est
Jose Marti
I Wish to Leave the World
Robert Frost
After Apple Picking
Robert Frost
The Death of the Hired Man
Robert Frost
Design
Robert Frost
Birches
Robert Frost
Mending Wall
+1
Level 74
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.
+1
Level 73
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.
+1
Level 74
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"!