Famous Life Poems

Famous Poems about Life

Since the dawn of civilization, artists of all forms have sought to express the essence of the human condition and the full range of human experience. Poetry has been one of the most common forms of this expression from the ancients until now. These words have an ability to capture the abstract emotions and concrete experiences that have been part of our humanity throughout the ages. Turning to the words of classic poems can help us to clarify and understand our own experiences better by connecting us to those others who have sought to do the same.

Best Classic Poems On Life's Lessons


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  1. The Paradoxical Commandments

    The Paradoxical Commandments By Kent M. Keith

    People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.

    If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives....

    The Paradoxical Commandments By Kent M. Keith

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    This poem is so true to me. No matter what happens or how good you are there will be jealousy every where you go! But I have to keep moving!

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  3. Love After Love

    Love After Love by Derek Walcott

    The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,...

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  4. All The World's A Stage

    All The World's A Stage By William Shakespeare

    All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:
    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,...

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    Life is like a stage. We all have our exits and entrances. We all have different stages in life, and in those stages we all have different roles to play.

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  6. Aerialist

    Aerialist By Sylvia Plath

    Each night, this adroit young lady
    Lies among sheets
    Shredded fine as snowflakes
    Until dream takes her body...

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  7. Music

    Music By Bessie Rayner Parkes

    Sweet melody amidst the moving spheres
    Breaks forth, a solemn and entrancing sound,
    A harmony whereof the earth's green hills
    Give but the faintest echo; yet is there...

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  8. Circus in Three Rings

    Circus in Three Rings By Sylvia Plath

    In the circus tent of a hurricane
    designed by a drunken god
    my extravagant heart blows up again
    in a rampage of champagne-colored rain...

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  10. Song About Old Troll

    Song About Old Troll - Lord of The Rings By J. R. R. Tolkien

    Troll sat alone on his seat of stone,
    And munched and mumbled a bare old bone;
    For many a year he had gnawed it near,
    For meat was hard to come by....

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  11. Advice To A Son

    Advice To A Son By Ernest Hemingway

    Never trust a white man,
    Never kill a Jew,
    Never sign a contract,
    Never rent a pew....

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  12. Fire And Ice

    Fire And Ice By Robert Frost

    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I've tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire....

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    This poem represents the world. Fire, by definition means a combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat,...

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  13. A Farewell

    A Farewell By Lord Alfred Tennyson

    Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
    Thy tribute wave deliver:
    No more by thee my steps shall be,
    For ever and for ever....

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    Beautiful vocal setting of this poem by Sir Julius Benedict. An excellent German/English composer.

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