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.
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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A Psalm Of Life By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,Latest Shared Story
Amazing poem. Really inspired me a lot. Hands down the best poem I have ever read.
If By Rudyard Kipling
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:Latest Shared Story
I never saw much of my dad. I read Kipling's IF. It's inspirational, moving, a father-to-son love. Wish I had seen more of him. When I read this poem I think of him...
Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou
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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.Latest Shared Story
Really indeed beautiful. Beauty of a woman is like a lump of gold which is hard to get. It's indeed captured from the inside, not outside, and this makes it very difficult for men to find,...
The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn't interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache forLatest Shared Story
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.
Invictus By William Ernest Henley
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.Latest Shared Story
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,...
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking By Emily Dickinson
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,Latest Shared Story
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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