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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  1. If

    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:

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    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...

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  3. Human Family

    Human Family By Maya Angelou

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

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    Beautiful. The truth of the world penned down in a poem.

  4. Still I Rise

    Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

    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....

    Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

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    Such a strong woman. Her poetry will live forever!

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  6. Phenomenal Woman

    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.

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    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,...

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  7. The Invitation

    • By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
    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...

    The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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    It is the 1st poem I have read on my own. And after reading it, I can definitely say one thing; it will not be the last.

  8. The Charge Of The Light Brigade

    The Charge Of The Light Brigade By Lord Alfred Tennyson

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

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  10. Invictus

    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.

    Invictus By William Ernest Henley

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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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  11. The Road Not Taken

    The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could

    The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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    A true masterpiece by Robert Frost, just as Fire and Ice.

  12. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

    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,

    If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking By Emily Dickinson

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    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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  13. Caged Bird

    Caged Bird By Maya Angelou

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    The free bird leaps
    on the back of the wind
    and floats downstream
    till the current ends

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    To me, a town girl of twenty-one years, this exquisitely organized influential poem sounds like a hymn capable to eradicate the fear of the mind. Really the glory of freedom is untasted to...

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