Famous Life Poems

Classic Poems about Life

Since the dawn of civilization, artists of all forms have sought to express the essence of the human condition and the full range of human experience. Poetry has been one of the most common forms of this expression from the ancients until now. These words have an ability to capture the abstract emotions and concrete experiences that have been part of our humanity throughout the ages. Turning to the words of classic poems can help us to clarify and understand our own experiences better by connecting us to those others who have sought to do the same.

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The Paradoxical Commandments By Kent M. Keith
The Paradoxical Commandments

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People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives....

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This poem is so true to me. No matter what happens or how good you are there will be jealousy every where you go! But I have to keep moving!

Love After Love by Derek Walcott
Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,...

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All The World's A Stage By William Shakespeare
All The World's A Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,...

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Music By Bessie Rayner Parkes
Music

Sweet melody amidst the moving spheres
Breaks forth, a solemn and entrancing sound,
A harmony whereof the earth's green hills
Give but the faintest echo; yet is there...

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Circus in Three Rings By Sylvia Plath
Circus in Three Rings

In the circus tent of a hurricane
designed by a drunken god
my extravagant heart blows up again
in a rampage of champagne-colored rain...

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Song About Old Troll - Lord of The Rings By J. R. R. Tolkien
Song About Old Troll

Troll sat alone on his seat of stone,
And munched and mumbled a bare old bone;
For many a year he had gnawed it near,
For meat was hard to come by....

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Fire And Ice By Robert Frost
Fire And Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire....

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This poem represents the world. Fire, by definition means a combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat,...

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Aerialist By Sylvia Plath
Aerialist

Each night, this adroit young lady
Lies among sheets
Shredded fine as snowflakes
Until dream takes her body...

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