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.

Motivational Poems by Famous Poets


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  1. Have You Earned Your Tomorrow

    Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
    Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
    This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
    Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

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    Does anyone stop and look at what others are doing? They are not all rich as you see at Christmas time with expensive food on the table. Stop and think, not everyone has money. But we can...

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  3. 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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    During WWII at my secondary school we had a rather frumpish teacher who taught French: Miss Hotchkis. After a test she would reward us by reading a Sherlock Holmes story. One day she decided,...

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  4. A Psalm Of Life

    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!—
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.

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    My deceased husband introduced me to this poem 55 years ago, and I've always considered it a great gift.

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  6. Still I Rise


    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!

  7. Phenomenal Woman

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    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 grew up with beautiful sisters, and I was the ugly duckling. To this day I feel their jealousy, and they will never give me respect. I walk proud, and people like me. I'm successful,...

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  8. Human Family

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

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    Poems from great poets like Maya live on the borders of time and their tastes do not change.

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  10. Equipment

    Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
    You've all that the greatest of men have had,
    Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
    And a brain to use if you would be wise.

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    A great poem with a good message. Perfect for people with low self-esteem.

  11. The Invitation

    • By Oriah Mountain Dreamer


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

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    I'm also a write and compete in contests with other great poets. I'm touched by this poem, and this poet is for sure one of the great ones.

  12. Good Timber

    • By Douglas Malloch

    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,

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  13. Invictus


    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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    I am a very proud Mancunian, and consider myself to be a Lancashire Lass through and through. In recent days our largest indoor concert venue the Manchester Arena was attacked by a bomber,...

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