Top Ten Greatest Poems


The Top Ten

1 The Raven

This is a masterpiece. Simply the internal rhymes are enough to make it #1.

In my opinion, Edgar Allan Poe was the best poet ever and The Raven is one of his best works. I also really love his poem Annabelle Lee. That one is beautiful. - KilljoyWithAPen

I wish that a form of audio recording was available in Poe's time. His recital of The Raven was claimed to have been brilliant.

Pretty good poem, with a little horror in it, just one of Poe's great works.

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2 The Charge of the Light Brigade
3 O Captain, My Captain
4 Paul Revere's Ride
5 The Road Not Taken

My second choice today: hard to resist. Good list. - Billyv

6 The Song of Hiawatha
7 I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud
8 Annabel Lee
9 Ozymandias
10 There Will Come Soft Rains

The Contenders

11 Nothing Gold Can Stay
12 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Great poem! I also enjoy the song based on this poem, by Iron Maiden.

13 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Most beautiful poem I've ever read.

14 I Carry Your Heart With Me
15 Jabberwocky
16 Dulce Et Decorum Est
17 Mariana
18 The Wreck of the Hesperus
19 The Eve of St. Agnes
20 Song Of The Moon (Cave Story: Moonsong)

"You are not alone! We are here for you! We're the spirits of the children killed by robotic men like you! Show us all your strength, and your bravery, and save our people from living life in slavery! "

21 Funeral Blues
22 One Christmas
23 Gunga Din
24 Rain Over Me
25 Watermelon - Charles Bukowski
26 Strange Meeting - Wilfred Owen
27 The Star-Spangled Banner - Francis Scott Key
28 The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock

Elliot's poety, whilst slightly confusing (and very ambiguous) is nonetheless phenomenal. His use of melodies, music and strangeness in this poem make it an absolute masterpiece. Sensational poet that could encapsulate an entire being into one poem, which Eliot achieved with such finesse with Prufrock. Wonderful poem. - Pb206

29 And Death Shall Have No Dominion
30 A Psalm of Life
31 Invictus
32 The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
33 Caged Bird
34 Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
35 The Drunken Boat (Arthur Rimbaud)
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