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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    • Stories 9
    • Emailed 1832
    • Favorited 60
    • Votes 2109
    • Rating 4.51
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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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    • Stories 3
    • Emailed 679
    • Favorited 17
    • Votes 593
    • Rating 4.50
  4. Still I Rise

    Still I Rise By Maya Angelou

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    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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    • Stories 3
    • Emailed 493
    • Favorited 60
    • Votes 1609
    • Rating 4.48
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  6. Phenomenal Woman

    Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou

    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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    • Stories 4
    • Emailed 878
    • Favorited 48
    • Votes 1113
    • Rating 4.47
  7. The Invitation

    • By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
    The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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

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    • Stories 1
    • Emailed 444
    • Favorited 32
    • Votes 839
    • Rating 4.44
  8. Invictus

    Invictus By William Ernest Henley

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    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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    • Stories 2
    • Emailed 335
    • Favorited 28
    • Votes 918
    • Rating 4.42
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  10. The Road Not Taken

    The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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    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

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    • Stories 4
    • Emailed 309
    • Favorited 31
    • Votes 559
    • Rating 4.39
  11. 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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    • Stories 0
    • Emailed 40
    • Favorited 7
    • Votes 123
    • Rating 4.37
  12. If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

    If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking By Emily Dickinson

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    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,

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    • Stories 1
    • Emailed 216
    • Favorited 21
    • Votes 762
    • Rating 4.33
  13. Barter

    Barter By Sara Teasdale

    Life has loveliness to sell,
    All beautiful and splendid things,
    Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
    Soaring fire that sways and sings,...

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    • Stories 1
    • Emailed 80
    • Favorited 8
    • Votes 240
    • Rating 4.25

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