10 Most Famous Poems By Poets From The United Kingdom (2022)

British poetry encompasses poetry written by authors from the United Kingdom. Early British poems which remain popular even today include the sonnets of William Shakespeare. He was the towering figure of the English Renaissance, a cultural and artistic movement in England dating from the late 15th century to the early 17th century. Paradise Lost by John Milton is another mid-17th century work which remains hugely popular even today. The most prominent movement in British poetry is perhaps Romanticism, which laid emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of the past and of nature. Some of the best known British poems are from the Romantic era including The Tyger by William Blake; Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley; and Daffodils by William Wordsworth. The best known poems written by British poets in the 20th century include the romantic ballad The Highwayman; and the war poem Dulce et Decorum est. Here are the 10 most famous poems by poets from the United Kingdom.

#10 The Highwayman

Poet: Alfred William Wordsworth

Year: 1906

Born in Wolverhampton, England, Alfred Noyes was a traditionalist poet remembered chiefly for his lyrical verse. The Highwayman, his best known poem, has etched his name in the history of English literature. A romantic ballad, the poem was first published in the Blackwood’s Magazine in August 1906. It is set in 18th-century rural England and tells the story of an unnamed highwayman who is in love with a landlord’s daughter named Bess. He is betrayed to the authorities by a jealous stableman. However, Bess sacrifices her life to warn him of the ambush and he is able to escape. Learning of her death, the highwayman dies in a futile attempt at revenge, shot down on the highway. In the final stanza, the ghosts of the lovers meet again on winter nights. Noyes has used vivid imagery in the poem and The Highwayman is reputed to be “the best ballad poem in existence for oral delivery”. Noyes later said that the success of the poem was due to the fact that at that age he was “genuinely excited by that kind of romantic story”.

Excerpt:-

The tip of one finger touched it. She strove no more for the rest.

Up, she stood up to attention, with the muzzle beneath her breast.

She would not risk their hearing; she would not strive again;

For the road lay bare in the moonlight;

Blank and bare in the moonlight;

And the blood of her veins, in the moonlight, throbbed to her love’s refrain.

#9 Dulce et Decorum est

Poet: Wilfred Owen

Published: 1920

Wilfred Owen was a British soldier who suffered from shell shock during World War I and was sent to the hospital, where he began to compose poetry. “Dulce et Decorum est” is a Latin title taken from the Roman poet Horace. It means “it is sweet and honorable”. Owen’s poem combines two sonnets and thus it consists of 28 lines. It focuses on a scene from the front lines of the First World War in which British soldiers are attacked with chlorine gas. As the shells with the poisonous gas explode, one soldier is unable to put his mask on in time due to the rush. The narrator of the poem then describes the gruesome effects the gas has on the man. He then concludes by saying, if one were to see first-hand the reality of war, one might not repeat false but common statements like dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: “How sweet and honorable it is to die for one’s country.” Dulce et Decorum est is the most famous poem of one of the greatest war poets of all time.

Excerpt:-

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est

Pro patria mori.

#8 Ozymandias

Poet: P B Shelley

Published: 1818

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading “second generation” Romantic poets and he created some of the best known works of the movement. Ozymandias was the Greek name for the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II, perhaps the most powerful king of Ancient Egypt. In Percy’s poem the speaker recalls meeting a traveller who tells him about two huge stone legs and a damaged head of a statue. The sculptor of the work had captured the pride of his subject. On the pedestal of the statue appear the words, “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” However around the ruin is nothing but “lone and level sands”. The poem focuses on the momentary nature of power with its central theme being the inevitable decline of all leaders, no matter how great they consider themselves. Ozymandias is the most famous poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley and one of the best known sonnets in English literature.

Poem:-

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I met a traveller from an antique land,

Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,

Tell that its sculptor well those passions read

Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,

The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal, these words appear:

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

#7 Invictus

Poet: William Ernest Henley

Published: 1888

William Ernest Henley was a hugely influential English writer in the 19th century. He suffered from tuberculosis from the age of 12 and at the age of 16, his left leg had to be amputated due to complications arising from tuberculosis. The disease again flared up in his twenties compromising his other good leg, which doctors also wished to amputate. Henley successfully fought to save his leg with the help of distinguished English surgeon Joseph Lister. While he was hospitalized for three years, Henley wrote his masterpiece, Invictus, which permanently etched his name in literary history. The poem calls on its readers to resist and persevere through the most difficult circumstances in life and to not give in to one’s fate. It calls on stoicism, discipline and fortitude in adversity. Invictus is one of the best known poems on bravely facing the challenges life throws on you.

Poem:-

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.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

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Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

#6 Jabberwocky

Poet: Lewis Carroll

Published: 1871

This poem was first published in Through the Looking Glass, an 1871 novel written by Lewis Carroll which was a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Jabberwocky is a nonsense poem, i.e. a verse which is not supposed to make sense and which is usually whimsical and humorous in tone. Though it makes little sense, the plot of the poem may be defined as that of a hero overcoming a monster, in this case a creature named “the Jabberwock”. Thus the poem may be considered a nonsense reply to one of the most common plots in literature. Jabberwocky is a masterpiece of linguistic inventiveness with its every stanza containing neologisms or new words. Several of these words coined by Carroll have entered common usage like “chortle” (a blend of chuckle and snort) and “galumph” (meaning to move in a clumsy way). Jabberwocky remains a hugely popular poem and it is perhaps the most famous nonsense poem in English literature.

Excerpt:-

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!’

#5 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Poet: William Shakespeare

Published: 1609

Though he is most renowned for his plays, William Shakespeare also remains the most popular poet in the English language. His best known work in poetry is his collection of 154 sonnets. Sonnet 18 is a part of Fair Youth sequence of Shakespeare’s collection, which is addressed to an unnamed young man. It is a hugely influential and often quoted work; and there are several double meanings in the poem which give it greater depth. Shakespeare starts Sonnet 18 with a flattering question to his beloved: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” He goes on to list some negative aspects of summer to establish that his beloved is better. In the last part of the poem, he states that the beauty of his beloved will never fade as he will make it eternal though the words of this poem which will remind the world of him “so long as men can breathe or eyes can see”. Sonnet 18 is not only the most famous poem written by William Shakespeare but also the most renowned sonnet ever written.

Poem:-

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;

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Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

#4 The Tyger

Poet: William Blake

Published: 1794

William Blake is considered a highly influential figure in the history of poetry and one of the greatest British artists. His most renowned work in poetry is Songs of Innocence and of Experience, considered one of the leading poetic works of the Romantic era. The Tyger is a poem in Blake’s Songs of Experience. It serves as a counterpart to his poem in Songs of Innocence, The Lamb. In The Tyger, the speaker focuses on the subject of creation asking who could have made such a terrifying beast as the tiger. The speaker talks about the fearful features of the tiger and wonders did he who made the Lamb make thee? before he ends the poem with the question with which he began, “What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”. The Tyger, with its strikingly powerful words, serves as a counter to the innocence and tenderness of The Lamb. It is one of the most analysed poems and Cambridge calls it the “the most anthologized poem in English”.

Excerpt:-

When the stars threw down their spears

And water’d heaven with their tears:

Did he smile his work to see?

Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,

In the forests of the night:

What immortal hand or eye,

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

#3 Daffodils

Poet: William Wordsworth

Published: 1807

Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth is credited with launching the Romantic Age in English literature. Romanticism laid emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of the past and of nature. It was partly a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the scientific rationalization of nature. Wordsworth was Britain’s poet laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850 and he remains one of the best known poets in the English language. This poem is titled I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud but it is commonly known as “Daffodils”. Wordsworth was inspired to write it on encountering a long belt of Daffodils while taking a walk with his sister Dorothy in April 1802. The poem simply tells about the poet discovering a field of the beautiful flowers while wandering. As it is among the most popular poems in the English language, it has frequently been the subject of parody and satire. Daffodils is taught in many institutions across the world as a classic of English Romanticism and it is the most famous Romantic poem.

Excerpt:-

For oft, when on my couch I lie

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In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

#2 If—

Poet: Rudyard Kipling

Published: 1910

By far the most famous poem of Rudyard Kipling, If—, presents a set of situations and the ideal behaviour a person should adopt when he encounters them. It acclaims Victorian-era stoicism and displaying fortitude in the face of adversity. The person Kipling had in mind while writing this verse was his friend Sir Leander Starr Jameson, who incidently was betrayed and imprisoned by the British Government. The poem doesn’t have a physical setting but is often seen as a father giving the most valuable lesson of life to his son. The lines of the poem are hugely popular; and the third and fourth lines of its second stanza are written on the wall of the players’ entrance to the Centre Court of the Wimbledon Championship. If— is one of the most well-known poems in the English language and it was voted the favourite poem of Britain in a 1995 BBC poll.

Excerpt:-

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

#1 Paradise Lost

Poet: John Milton

Published: 1667

Paradise Lost is regarded as the major work of John Milton which has established his reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time. The poem takes place at what Christians believe to be the beginning of human history. It begins after Satan’s unsuccessful rebellion and the creation of the universe. Paradise Lost primarily focuses on the Biblical story of the Fall of Man, i.e. the story of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, being tempted by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit, leading to their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The primary theme of Milton’s epic is Man’s disobedience to God’s will, implying not only Adam’s disobedience, but of all mankind from first to last. Apart from sin, other prominent themes of the poem include fate, free will, pride, revenge and deceit. A widely read and analysed masterpiece, Paradise Lost is perhaps the most famous epic poem in the English language.

Excerpt:-

The mind is its own place, and in it self

Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.

What matter where, if I be still the same,

And what I should be, all but less then he

Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least

We shall be free; th’ Almighty hath not built

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Here for his envy, will not drive us hence

FAQs

What are the 10 most popular poem? ›

The Ten Best Poems of All Time
  • Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.
  • Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.
  • O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman.
  • The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas.
  • i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings.
  • Power by Audre Lorde.
  • The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
Apr 28, 2021

Who is the famous British poet? ›

Though he is most renowned for his plays, William Shakespeare also remains the most popular poet in the English language.

Who is the most famous poem? ›

The 32 Most Iconic Poems in the English Language
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  • T. S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” ...
  • Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” ...
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” ...
  • Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art” ...
  • Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for Death –” ...
  • Langston Hughes, “Harlem”
Mar 7, 2019

What is a short famous poem? ›

1 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' by William Wordsworth. 2 'Sonnet 18' by William Shakespeare. 3 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost. 4 'Death Be Not Proud' by John Donne.

What are the 3 types of poems? ›

Although poetry is a form of self-expression that knows no bounds, it can be safely divided into three main genres: lyric poetry, narrative poetry and dramatic poetry. Keep reading to see examples of poetry genres in each of these genres.

Who is the father of English poetry? ›

'The Father of English Poetry' (Chapter 8) - Geoffrey Chaucer.

Who is the most famous female poet? ›

Emily Dickinson has had a deep and profound influence on American poetry. Also known as the “Belle of Amherst“, she is ranked among the greatest poets in English literature and she is perhaps the most famous female poet.

Who are the British poets? ›

list of poets laureate of Britain
  • John Dryden (1668–89)
  • Thomas Shadwell (1689–92)
  • Nahum Tate (1692–1715)
  • Nicholas Rowe (1715–18)
  • Laurence Eusden (1718–30)
  • Colley Cibber (1730–57)
  • William Whitehead (1757–85)
  • Thomas Warton (1785–90)

Who is a famous poet? ›

This includes William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, John Milton, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ezra Pound.

Which poet wrote the most poems? ›

Bradburne completed about 6,000 poems in total, mostly written during the period 1968–79 and covering a wide range of spiritual, natural, elegiac and narrative subject matter.

Where is poetry most popular? ›

The most Poetic cities in the World [infographic]
  • London, United Kingdom. With 1419 poetic events, London is our most poetic city. ...
  • New York, United States. ...
  • Paris, France. ...
  • Boston, United States. ...
  • Cambridge, United States. ...
  • Chicago, United States. ...
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom. ...
  • Oxford, United Kingdom.

Who was the first poet? ›

Enheduanna, the author of a number of hymns dedicated to the priestess Inanna, is a fascinating figure. She was a Sumerian high priestess who lived in the 23rd century BC, around 1,500 years before Homer. Enheduanna lived in the city of Ur (in modern-day Iraq), and was a priestess of the Sumerian moon god Nanna.

Who is the best poet in the world 2022? ›

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  • Ayokunle Falomo. Falomo's work cannot be missed. ...
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  • Kyle Carrero Lopez. Lopez's work is unforgettable. ...
  • Joan Kwon Glass. Glass is a true poetic force. ...
  • Aldo Amparán. ...
  • Siaara Freeman.
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Which country has best poets? ›

For English-language poems, the US has produced the most acclaimed poets. Asia and Africa probably have regions that produce a lot of poets, as well. China and Japan are known for poetry, and Malaysia has a form that has been picked up by English-speaking poets in the last few decades (called a pantoum).

Is a poem of 14 lines? ›

Sonnet. A 14-line poem with a variable rhyme scheme originating in Italy and brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, earl of Surrey in the 16th century.

What type of poem has 15 lines? ›

What Is Rondeau Poetry? A rondeau is a French form of poetry composed of 15 lines, each of which contains between eight and 10 syllables. Rondeau poems contain a fixed verse form divided into three stanzas: a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet.

What is the most beautiful short poem ever written? ›

Alright, here goes!
  1. Percy Shelley – Ozymandias. ...
  2. Robert Frost – Fire & Ice. ...
  3. Emily Dickinson – I heard a fly buzz – when I died. ...
  4. William Shakespeare – Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? ...
  5. Langston Hughes – So Tired Blues. ...
  6. Edgar Allan Poe – A Dream Within A Dream. ...
  7. John Donne – No Man Is an Island.
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What was the first poem? ›

The oldest known "poems" are anonymous - such as the Rig Vedas of Hinduism, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Song of the Weaver by an unknown Egyptian of the Second Dynasty.

What is a 12 line poem called? ›

A 12-line poem is the Rondeau Prime form. It consists of a septet (7 lines) and a cinquain (5 lines) and had originated in 13th Century France.

What is the 7 elements of poetry? ›

As with narrative, there are "elements" of poetry that we can focus on to enrich our understanding of a particular poem or group of poems. These elements may include, voice, diction, imagery, figures of speech, symbolism and allegory, syntax, sound, rhythm and meter, and structure.

Who invented poetry? ›

Poetry probably dates back to cavemen and the earliest shamans, who chronicled events in picture-stories. This cave painting in Lascaux, France, is thought to date from between 15000 and 13000 B.C.

What is the oldest poem in English literature? ›

Beowulf, the longest surviving Old English poem, is a good example of this in its own right, but it also shows signs of the rich tradition of heroic poetry that flourished after the settlement of Germanic peoples in Britain from the 5th century onwards.

Who is the mother of English? ›

Adeline Virginia Woolf (/wʊlf/; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.
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Virginia Woolf
Alma materKing's College London
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Who is the first female poet? ›

Enheduanna (2285–2250 BCE), Akkadian princess, priestess and Sumerian-language poet, possibly the world's earliest known female author.

What called female poet? ›

A poetess is a female poet.

Who was the first female poet to be published? ›

Anne Bradstreet was the first woman to be recognized as an accomplished New World Poet. Her volume of poetry The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America ... received considerable favorable attention when it was first published in London in 1650.

Who was a popular British writer? ›

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare – also known as the Bard – is the most famous of British writers. The playwright is still commemorated for having coined nearly 1,700 of the words and phrases we still use today.

Who is the UK Poet Laureate 2021? ›

Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Simon Armitage as the next Poet Laureate for a fixed-term of ten years. The acclaimed poet succeeds Dame Carol Ann Duffy, who served in the role between 2009 and 2019.

Who is the first Poet Laureate in England? ›

John Dryden was appointed Poet Laureate in 1668 by Charles II and there has been an unbroken line of Poet Laureates ever since. However, a number of poets were appointed as Laureate before that. These include Geoffrey Chaucer, John Skelton, and Ben Jonson.

Who are 5 poets of the 21st century? ›

Influential 21st Century Poets
  • 1 Seamus Heaney.
  • 2 Fleur Adcock.
  • 3 Wendell Berry.
  • 4 Joyce Carol Oates.
  • 5 Margaret Atwood.
  • 6 Vikram Seth.
  • 7 Sherman Alexie.
  • 8 Carol Ann Duffy.

Who is the world poet? ›

Rabindranath Tagore: A World Poet.

Who is the greatest poet of the 20th century? ›

WB Yeats turns 150: The 20th Century's greatest poet? His influence on today's writers may be as great as Shakespeare's. A century and a half after his birth, he still shapes the English language, writes Jane Ciabattari.

What is the world's longest poem? ›

So, what is Mahabharata ? The Mahabharata is one of the longest epic poems ever written. It has over 200,000 verse lines, 1.8 million words and it is believed that it could have taken over 600 years to write! The oldest surviving piece of text is believed to be dated from 400BCE.

Where can I find good poems? ›

Where To Find Free Poetry Online
  • Poets.org. The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 with a mission to support and advocate for poets financially and artistically. ...
  • PoetryFoundation.org. ...
  • ButtonPoetry.com. ...
  • LittleInfinite.com. ...
  • FamousPoetsAndPoems.com. ...
  • TheOtherPages.org/poems.
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What country is famous poetry? ›

The phrase land of poets (Spanish: país de poetas) is commonly used to describe Chile because of its highly-valued poetry tradition.

How do you write a 5 line poem? ›

"Five Line Poems" are a great way to introduce the idea of a stanza to a child -- each stanza of the poem is five lines (you'd usually have the children complete three or four stanzas). When doing five line poems with children, give them the first or last line of each stanza and have them design the rest.

What is a long poem called? ›

Epics. An epic poem is a lengthy, narrative work of poetry. These long poems typically detail extraordinary feats and adventures of characters from a distant past.

Who is the first female writer? ›

Among the first known female writers is Enheduanna; she is also the earliest known poet ever recorded. She was the High Priestess of the goddess Inanna and the moon god Nanna (Sin). She lived in the Sumerian city-state of Ur over 4,200 years ago.

Who is the greatest living poet? ›

'Greatest living poet' Bob Dylan wins Nobel literature prize.

Is today a poet day? ›

Poet's Day (August 21st) – Days Of The Year.

Who wrote a girl poem? ›

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, the great expatriate American poet and critic, used his iconic Imagism to write the poem 'A girl' where he used the mythical characters of Apollo and Daphne to showcase the creative imaginations of a girl from two different perspectives; an older child and an adult, where the girl transforms ...

Who is our national poet? ›

our national poet DR ALLAMA MUHAMMAD IQBAL.

Who is the national poet of USA? ›

The new poet laureate of the United States is Ada Limón. The poet laureate of the United States is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress.

Who is America's greatest poet? ›

Walt Whitman is considered one of America's most influential poets. His verse collection, Leaves of Grass, is a landmark in the history of American literature. Whitman was part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, and his work often focuses on the nature of the American experience and its democracy.

What is the most common poem? ›

There are various forms of sonnets, but the most popular tends to be the English or Shakespearean sonnet. It is a 14 line poem written in iambic pentameter. The poem will end in a rhyming couplet. There are much more to these of course, but this is the general definition.

What is the most beautiful short poem ever written? ›

Alright, here goes!
  1. Percy Shelley – Ozymandias. ...
  2. Robert Frost – Fire & Ice. ...
  3. Emily Dickinson – I heard a fly buzz – when I died. ...
  4. William Shakespeare – Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? ...
  5. Langston Hughes – So Tired Blues. ...
  6. Edgar Allan Poe – A Dream Within A Dream. ...
  7. John Donne – No Man Is an Island.
Jun 27, 2022

What is considered the most beautiful poem ever written? ›

1. William Shakespeare, Sonnet 33.

What are some simple poems? ›

  • “No Man Is An Island” by John Donne.
  • “Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.
  • “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.
  • “Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?” by William Shakespeare.
  • “There Will Come Soft Rain” by Sara Teasdale.
  • “If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda.
  • “O Captain! ...
  • “Fire And Ice” by Robert Frost.
Apr 16, 2019

What is a 12 line poem called? ›

A 12-line poem is the Rondeau Prime form. It consists of a septet (7 lines) and a cinquain (5 lines) and had originated in 13th Century France.

Who is the father of English poetry? ›

'The Father of English Poetry' (Chapter 8) - Geoffrey Chaucer.

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