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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Beautiful! Thank you. Love the easy reading ;) It's inspirational - both the content of the poem and the way it flows. I've also done my fair share of sailing, so I really enjoyed those...

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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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When I was 20 years old, about to have a baby boy on my own, I came across the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. I was scared and apprehensive about how I was going to raise a baby boy into...

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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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Such a strong woman. Her poetry will live forever!

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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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I am Monica Jones. I believed early in life that I would not amount to much, stupid, fat and like water being soaked up in a sponge, I focused on the negative and not the positive. I had no...

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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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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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In 9th grade English class we had to memorize this poem and then sometime during the year our teacher could stop us anywhere and we would have to recite it. That would be 35 years ago and I...

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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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A true masterpiece by Robert Frost, just as Fire and Ice.

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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Dreams By Langston Hughes
Dreams

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Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly....

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