Examples Of Narrative Poems

Published: July 2017

Narrative Poems - Poems That Tell A Story

Narrative poems are stories in poem form. Narrative poems are one of the oldest forms of poetry and indeed all literature. 

Narrative poetry was used in ancient times as a means of passing down important stories. Many people did not how to read and write and captivating stories told rhythmically, with repetition and rhymes were a way to ensure that stories important to the culture were remembered and passed down through the generations.

This collection contains narrative poems by famous and modern poets. 

54 Narrative Poems - Poems That Tell A Story

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  1. 1. The Cremation Of Sam McGee

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    There are strange things done in the midnight sun
    By the men who moil for gold;
    The Arctic trails have their secret tales
    That would make your blood run cold;

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 938
    • Favorited 10
    • Votes 77
    • Rating 4.71
    Featured Shared Story

    I never heard this before, but I absolutely loved it. The story was creepy but cute, the rhyme was sheer perfection, and I didn't want the story to end; it was so exciting. This poet is so...

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  2. 2. The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

    in Inspirational Poems

    She never got to dance
    Or go to her own prom.
    She never got the chance
    To forget where she came from.

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    • Stories 39
    • Shares 15144
    • Favorited 197
    • Votes 3588
    • Rating 4.58
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    The poem was very touching. I enjoyed reading it, and it reminds me of someone I know and is part of my life. She is none other than my sister. She was always on her feet doing things just...

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  4. 3. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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    • Stories 4
    • Shares 11201
    • Favorited 19
    • Votes 386
    • Rating 4.46
    Featured Shared Story

    I remember hearing this poem as a little youngster. I would also read this to my daughter and nephews each year right before Christmas! It is a wonderful poem to share with your family!...

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  5. 4. The Raven

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 2863
    • Favorited 46
    • Votes 230
    • Rating 4.44
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  7. 5. Annabel Lee

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    It was many and many a year ago,
    In a kingdom by the sea,
    That a maiden there lived whom you may know
    By the name of Annabel Lee;

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    Annabel Lee By Edgar Allan Poe

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 8710
    • Favorited 85
    • Votes 419
    • Rating 4.42
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    I have always enjoyed reading the poem of Anabelle Lee. One day my grandson came home and told me he had to memorize and recite it for a 7th grade competition. I was delighted to help him. In...

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  8. 6. Out Out

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
    And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
    Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
    And from there those that lifted eyes could count

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 868
    • Favorited 6
    • Votes 108
    • Rating 4.36
  9. 7. The Charge Of The Light Brigade

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 1707
    • Favorited 22
    • Votes 75
    • Rating 4.31
  10. 8. Richard Cory

    in Famous Sad Poems

    Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

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    • Stories 5
    • Shares 1430
    • Favorited 24
    • Votes 242
    • Rating 4.29
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    I read this poem as one of the mandatory literary pieces while in High School. Even at that tender age something about the absurdity of life struck me and it continued to haunt me. I tried to...

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  11. 9. The Spell Of The Yukon

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
    I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
    Was it famine or scurvy—I fought it;
    I hurled my youth into a grave.

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 1402
    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 140
    • Rating 4.28
    Featured Shared Story

    I am officially in love with this poet. He can tell a great story but still make it a rhyming poem with perfect rhyme. I am hooked!!

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  12. 10. Paul Bunyan

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    He rode through the woods on a big blue ox,
    He had fists as hard as choppin' blocks,
    Five hundred pounds and nine feet tall...that's Paul.

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    • Stories 2
    • Shares 3204
    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 149
    • Rating 4.26
    Featured Shared Story

    This poem is easily identifiable as a classic, and it contains facts and emotions we all share throughout life at some time or other. Great reading and a great share. Well worth real...

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  13. 11. Paul Revere's Ride

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 1217
    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 70
    • Rating 4.26
  14. 12. A Boy Named Sue

    in Famous Funny Poems

    Well, my daddy left home when I was three,
    and he didn't leave much to Ma and me,
    just this old guitar and a bottle of booze.
    Now I don't blame him because he run and hid,

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    • Stories 1
    • Shares 2969
    • Favorited 25
    • Votes 394
    • Rating 4.25
    Featured Shared Story

    Johnny Cash was the right person to sing these lyrics. He made an interesting song from an awesome poem. Very entertaining. Love it!
    Jac. Judy A. Campbell

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  15. 13. Casey At The Bat

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
    The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
    And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
    A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 3195
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 190
    • Rating 3.99
    • Poem of the Day
  16. 14. The Fish

    in Famous Nature Poems

    I caught a tremendous fish
    and held him beside the boat
    half out of water, with my hook
    fast in a corner of his mouth.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 985
    • Favorited 2
    • Votes 67
    • Rating 3.73
  17. 15. The Ballad Of Rum

    in Rhyming Poems

    A dog wandered into our garden one day,
    A friendly old mutt, didn't look like a stray.
    We never discovered whence he had come,
    But we brushed him and fed him and the kids called him Rum.

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    • Stories 9
    • Shares 8464
    • Favorited 91
    • Votes 1499
    • Rating 4.53
    Featured Shared Story

    That is such a good poem. My husband had a large Doberman. Everyone was afraid of this dog, but he would lay on the floor with our children and let them pull on his ears. My Husband said he...

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  18. 16. Family Circle

    • By Melissa G. Nicks
    • Published: February 2006

    in Father Poems

    When I am born, you are here
    In your eye, I see a tear
    Time flies and already I'm two
    "Look, Daddy, I can tie my shoe!"

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    • Stories 15
    • Shares 2918
    • Favorited 22
    • Votes 635
    • Rating 4.48
    Featured Shared Story

    Wow! Words cannot describe the quality of this poem. It is touching and another thing is that it co-relates with life's reality. Thanks a lot and thumbs up for the great job!

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  19. 17. Take Me Home

    in Home Poems

    In the summer of '32
    A little boy, 6 years old,
    Separated from his Mama
    In a five and ten-cent store,

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 154
    • Favorited 1
    • Votes 41
    • Rating 4.46
  20. 18. The Three Little Pigs

    in Famous Funny Poems

    The animal I really dig,
    Above all others is the pig.
    Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
    Pigs are courteous. However,

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    • Stories 11
    • Shares 24795
    • Favorited 48
    • Votes 2913
    • Rating 4.42
    Featured Shared Story

    This is an unanticipated and unexpected poem. Though the title sounds childish, it is a complete transformation of the story Three Little Pigs! Roald Dahl has a creative mind which I...

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  21. 19. Cinderella

    in Famous Funny Poems

    I guess you think you know this story.
    You don't. The real one's much more gory.
    The phoney one, the one you know,
    Was cooked up years and years ago,

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    • Stories 4
    • Shares 16014
    • Favorited 51
    • Votes 1980
    • Rating 4.41
    Featured Shared Story

    Yes, Roald Dahl has a whole book of revolting rhymes like this one. You should read it. Hilarious.

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  22. 20. The Pig

    in Famous Funny Poems

    In England once there lived a big
    And wonderfully clever pig.
    To everybody it was plain
    That Piggy had a massive brain.

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    • Stories 2
    • Shares 10951
    • Favorited 21
    • Votes 1105
    • Rating 4.41
    Featured Shared Story

    I like this poem because it is contrary to what is normal, as the pig tries to eat the farmer instead of the other way around and it shows the power of humans over all other living things....

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