Examples Of Narrative Poems

Narrative Poems - Poems That Tell A Story

48 Narrative Poems - Poems That Tell A Story

Collection of narrative poems by famous and modern poets. 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.

  1. Annabel Lee

    in Famous Narrative Poems

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    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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    Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poet. This is such a touching poem. It puts a lump in my throat.

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  3. The Strongest Girl I Ever Knew

    Inspirational Poem About Disabled Sister

    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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    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. 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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  6. Family Circle

    • By Melissa G. Nicks
    • Published: February 2006
    Cycle Of Life Poem

    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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    This is a fantastic poem that shows the life with a family and shows all the processes in a family and all the changes that passes, I love this poem that I even said it in a poetry contest!

  7. 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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  8. The Ballad Of Rum

    Poem About A Loveable Guard Dog

    in Cute 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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    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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  10. The Ballad Of The Harp Weaver

    in Famous Narrative Poems

    "Son," said my mother,
    When I was knee-high,
    "you've need of clothes to cover you,
    and not a rag have I.

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    The poem is a short, sweet, and precise journey of a great son-mother relationship. It takes one through the sacred and holy shares of time given by a mother in dedication to her child. The...

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  11. 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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    I love Roald Dahl. He never fails to make me laugh. Another side to a story you could never imagine.

  12. 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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    I really enjoy this poem. It reminds me of my childhood. When I was little, I loved this story. Thank you for writing this poem!

  13. Keepsake

    • By Mac Mckenzie
    • Published: September 2014
    Poem About Hunting With Dad

    in Aging Poems

    One day my dad was hunting, from his favorite hunting stand;
    'Twas a giant Oak with perfect limbs, under which two deer trails ran.
    Now this favorite spot of Daddy's was as unique as it could be,
    'cause a lightning bolt had burned a giant hole down through that tree.

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    My aging husband, who just turned 70 in October, still takes his grandsons out bowing and hunting ever year. He helps build the tree stands and everything, teaching them the way of the...

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  14. The Littlest Christmas Tree

    A Christmas Story For Children

    in Christmas Poems

    The littlest Christmas tree
    lived in a meadow of green
    among a family
    of tall evergreens.

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    Christmas is the time of joy, happiness, laughter of children and adults, cakes, Christmas trees, stories and POEMS.

  15. Us Two

    in Famous Friendship Poems

    Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
    There's always Pooh and Me.
    Whatever I do, he wants to do,
    "Where are you going today?" says Pooh:

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  16. 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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  17. 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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    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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  18. Little Red Riding Hood And The Wolf

    in Famous Funny Poems

    As soon as Wolf began to feel
    That he would like a decent meal,
    He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
    When Grandma opened it, she saw

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    This is like the second time Riding Hood shot a wolf. These poems are making her crazy dangerous.

  19. '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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    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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  20. Out Out

    in Famous Sad 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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    Wow! I like it! It is wonderful. I like nature and science. It's very interesting.

  21. The Spider And The Fly

    in Famous Children Poems

    "Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
    "'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
    The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
    And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

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    This poem has reminded me about the wolf in sheep's skin. It's a great way to teach our children to think about the intentions of others even though they can be nice. To think about...

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  22. 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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    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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  23. 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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    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

  24. 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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    My grandfather, Henry Lorentzen, the pioneer artist of ND, LOVED Robert W. Service and would recite this poem from memory to entertain us grandchildren. He also produced a wonderful painting...

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  25. We Are Seven

    in Famous Death Poems

    ———A simple Child,
    That lightly draws its breath,
    And feels its life in every limb,
    What should it know of death?

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  26. Yaz And Orr

    Poem About 2 Brothers Once So Close

    in Brother Poems

    My brother was always my best friend,
    We would play sports and we'd just pretend.
    I'd hit a homer, a goal he'd score,
    You see I was Yaz and he was Orr.

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  27. 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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  28. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

    in Famous Sad Poems

    I know that I shall meet my fate
    Somewhere among the clouds above;
    Those that I fight I do not hate,
    Those that I guard I do not love;

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  29. 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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    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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  30. A Precious Christmas Memory

    Christmas Tradition With My Dad

    in Christmas Poems

    In the damp, dusty cellar, surrounded by boxes,
    Our excitement just grows without measure.
    Searching and sorting with loud shouts of glee,
    As we uncovered the grand Christmas treasure.

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  31. Our Love Story

    How I Met My Husband

    in Love Poems about Marriage

    You entered the room and my heart skipped a beat
    I knew in an instant we were destined to meet.
    As you looked up from the floor and your eyes locked on mine
    A warm subtle chill crept up and down my spine.

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  32. "The Fire" In Haiku

    • By Andrew Mancinelli
    • Published: February 2013

    in Haiku

    I was in fire,
    The room was dark and somber.
    I sleep peacefully.

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    It is a good poem. I like it a lot. It is also narrated well.

  33. The Neighbour's Dog

    Barking Dogs And Their Consequences

    in Humorous Poems

    Our street was once a peaceful place
    Kids played and you could jog
    But our tranquil life was shattered
    When the neighbour got a dog.

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    I enjoy writing poetry about real events and real people. The "Bazza" who's featured in many of my poems is a quirky character whose fondness for the practical joke often gets him into...

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