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Top 100 Famous Poems of the World

Updated on April 25, 2017
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Top 100 great Poems of the World

Poetry is the earliest form of literature in the world. It is an imaginative representation of life. While prose appeals to intellect and reason, poetry appeals to emotion. It is observed that poetry blends quintessence of human wisdom, philosophy of life, and the beauties of nature. It can affect the thought and action of the readers. "Top 100 Poems of the World" is my list of the most popular and appealing poems published or translated in English. Critical comments and opinions are welcome.

William Shakespeare

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Top 100 Famous Poems

  1. All the World's a Stage by William Shakespeare

  2. The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

  3. On the Threshold of Autumn by Kon-Gang Yun

  4. Gitanjali by Rabindra Nath Tagore

  5. Iliad by Homer

  6. Night Thoughts by Li Bai

  7. Paradise lost by Milton

  8. She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

  9. Birches by Robert Frost

  10. Visiting An Old Friend On His Farm - Meng Haoran

  11. Megasandhesh by Kalidasa

  12. With my father by Kobayashi Issa

  13. Gita Govinda by Jayadev

  14. Cantos by Ezra Pound

  15. Children of Our Age by Wislawa Szymborska

  16. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

  17. Church going by Philip Larkin

  18. Songs of Sorrow - Kofi Awoonor

  19. Death ,be not proud, though some have called thee by John Donne

  20. I Taught Myself To Live Simply by Anna Akhmatova

  21. Ode to Evening by William Collins

  22. The old pond by Matsuo Basho

  23. Divine Comedy by Dante

  24. Thinking of My Brothers on a Moonlit Night- Du Fu

  25. My Papa's Waltz Theodore Roethke

  26. Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas

  27. A Story by Li-Young Lee

  28. My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

  29. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

  30. Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

  31. Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

  32. Elegy Written in a Country Church yard by Thomas Gray

  33. From a forbidden land by Monica Ruwanpathirana

  34. Vultures - Chinua Achebe

  35. Call of The River Nun by Gabriel Okara

  36. Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas

  37. Ozymandias by P B Shelley

  38. A Morning Dream by Li Ching Chao

  39. Frost At Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  40. Ars Potica by Archibald Macleish

top 100 Poems of the world


41. Futility by Wilfred Owen

42. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

43. In Childhood by Kimiko Hahn

44. The Second Coming by W B Yeats

45. A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash

46. I Cannot Live With You by Emily Dickinson

47. Daddy by Sylvia Plath

48. I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

49. The Excecutioner's Dream by Kwesi Brew

50. Epithalamion by e.e. cummings

51. Blood Money by Sly Cheney Coker

52. If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

53. A Missing Person by Jayanta Mahapatra

54. Obituary by A K Ramanujan

55. In memoriam Alfred Lord Tennyson

56. Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

57. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

58. Life is fine by Langston Hughes

59. Abiku by Wole Soyinka

60. The Renegade by David Diop

Top 100 Poems of All Time

41. Futility by Wilfred Owen

42. Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

43. In Childhood by Kimiko Hahn

44. The Second Coming by W B Yeats

45. A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash

46. I Cannot Live With You by Emily Dickinson

47. Daddy by Sylvia Plath

48. I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

49. The Excecutioner's Dream by Kwesi Brew

50. Epithalamion by e.e. cummings

51. Blood Money by Sly Cheney Coker

52. If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

53. A Missing Person by Jayanta Mahapatra

54. Obituary by A K Ramanujan

55. In memoriam Alfred Lord Tennyson

56. Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes

57. The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

58. Life is fine by Langston Hughes

59. Abiku by Wole Soyinka

60. The Renegade by David Diop

Top 100 Poems of All Time

61. Not My Business by Niyi Osundare

62. We Have Come Home by Lenrie Peters

63. Olokun by J.P Clark

64. I Sit By The Window by Joseph Brodsky

65. O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

66. The Ghaghra in Spate by Keki N. Daruwalla

67. Night of the Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel

68. Ode: Intimations of Immortality by William Wordsworth

69. Maknisadayath by Mahagama Sekara

70. Poems of Sappho by Sappho

71. Kurushetra by Ayyappa Panikkar

72. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

73. Rock by Chi-Hwan Yu

74. Aj Pratham Gai Pik Pancham by Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala'

75. Success Is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickinson

76. The Shield of Achilles by W H Auden

77. The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

78. Indian Women by Shiv K Kumar

79. An Elegy by Alexander Pushkin

80. Winter Night by Boris Pasternak

Wislawa Szymborska
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O N V Kurup

O N V Kurup
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81. The Silence of Love by Han Yong'un

82. The Garden Of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

83. After a Death by Tomas Transtromer

84. The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith

85.To All and Everything by Vladimir Mayakovsky

86. The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes

87. The Fallen Flower by Kumaran Asan

88. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

89. Deep Mere Jal Akampit Ghul Achanchal by Mahadevi Varma

90. On the Move by Thom Gunn

91. The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam


92. Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold


93. Ujjaini by O N V Kurup


94. The Tollund man by Seamus Heaney


95. The Tyger by William Blake


96. On Killing a Tree by Gieve Patel


97. The Lady of the Lake by Sir Walter Scott


98. The Darkling thrush by Thomas Hardy


99. My Lost Youth by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


100.The Fairy Temple; Or, Oberon's Chapel by Robert Herrick

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