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. See It Through

    See It Through By Edgar Guest

    When you’re up against a trouble,
    Meet it squarely, face to face;
    Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
    Plant your feet and take a brace.

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  3. 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....

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    Such an inspiring poem. Thank you for sharing your poem.

  4. What Are Heavy?

    What Are Heavy? By Christina Rossetti

    What are heavy? Sea-sand and sorrow;
    What are brief? Today and tomorrow;
    What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth;
    What are deep? The ocean and truth.

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  6. A Naughty Little Comet

    A Naughty Little Comet By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    There was a little comet who lived near the Milky Way!
    She loved to wander out at night and jump about and play.

    The mother of the comet was a very good old star;

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. The Spell Of The Yukon

    The Spell Of The Yukon By Robert William Service

    I wanted the gold, and I sought it;
    I scrabbled and mucked like a slave.
    Was it famine or scurvy—I fought it;
    I hurled my youth into a grave.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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