Famous Inspirational Poems

History's Best Inspirational Poems

Many poems, and poets for that matter, earn fame because of their ability to inspire others. Such poems give people the internal strength they need to overcome a problem, reach a goal, or let go of their resentment or guilt. Poems can even inspire people to work towards a cause or become a better person. Many famous poets had the keen ability to use the written word to reach hearts and souls, motivating people to action. They used their gift in the most noble of ways by creating inspirational poems that touched, and continue to touch, people with a positive message even today.

Best Inspirational Poems by Famous Poets

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Human Family By Maya Angelou
Human Family

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

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Amen, Maya! You're wisdom is sorely missed. May God bless you!! You truly were one of the Lord's prophets!

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If By Rudyard Kipling
If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:

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A dentist read me this poem today. I must say I was very impressed with the writer. I found this poem to be knowledgeable and interesting. This poem seems to be for any gender as well as...

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Still I Rise By Maya Angelou
Still I Rise

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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise....

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The poem has enormously moved me. Right now I'm in a difficult and hurtful situation, but reading brings me comfort.

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Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou
Phenomenal Woman

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.

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@Monica Jones,
Thank you for sharing so honestly and with such sincere words the circumstances you went through in the process of realizing your worth and eventually moving forward...

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Invictus By William Ernest Henley
Invictus

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

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The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
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The Invitation

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It doesn't interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for...

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The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could

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I myself am a poetess and I love to look up poems by unknown authors.....but Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" is definitely a poem I wish I had written.

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking By Emily Dickinson
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

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If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,

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I love this poem so much because it relates to me. Whenever I help someone, or just do anything good, I feel like I actually did something meaningful. This reminds me of when I saved a little...

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Barter By Sara Teasdale
Barter

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,...

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How wonderful to stop, really see, and appreciate what nature gives us. I too love the crashing waves, the dancing flames and beautiful smells around us, we need to be mindful of every moment...

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