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The 36 Most Famous Poems Ever Written in the English Language

“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” Robert Graves

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1. The Raven 

by Edgar Allen Poe

2. The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

by Emily Dickinson

4. Sonnet 18

by William Shakespeare

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

by William Butler Yeats

by Alffred, Lord Tennyson

by Lord Byron

by Walt Whitman

by Alan Seeger

11. I'm nobody! Who are you?

by Emily Dickinson

by John Keats

by T.S. Eliot

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15. The Red Wheelbarrow

by William Carlos Williams

16. Fire and Ice

by Robert Frost

17. Ozymandias 

by Percy Bysshe Shelley

18. If— 

by Rudyard Kipling

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

by Maya Angelou

by Lewis Carroll

22. Unnamed

by Rupi Kaur

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Kristina Louisa Carr

by Derek Walcott

by Gabriel Okara

27. Who Said It Was Simple

by Audre Lord

by Shel Silverstein

29. Anecdote of the Jar

by Wallace Stevens

30. The Return 

by Ezra Pound

31. My Shadow 

by Robert Louis Stevenson

32. No Man Is an Island

by John Donne

33. Theme for English B

by Langston Hughes

35. The People Upstairs

by Ogden Nash

36. The Fish

by Marianne Moore