Famous Short Poems - Short Poems - Short Poetry

The truest wisdom is often found in famous short poems
like the ones on this page.

The best poems offer quick glimpses of life and provide
thoughtful advice, warnings, and insights.


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The most famous short poems on this page:

Trees - Joyce Kilmer

Dream Within A Dream - Short Poem

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If I Can Stop One Heart - - Short Poems - Short Poetry

A wonderful poem about life by Emily Dickinson. What you do does matter to someone, somewhere.

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,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


Beautiful short poem from a very famous writer:

Hans Christian Anderson

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.


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Trees poem, Joyce Kilmer, short poems.

Trees - Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


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Favorite poem by Rumi:

Oh soul,
You worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Why do you worry?


Some poems are inspirational, others look at the darker side of life. The next two famous poems provide chilly warnings about the world.


A Poison Tree by William Blake - Famous Short Poems

What pent up anger can do to you.

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.


A Dream Within A Dream - Edgar Allan Poe - Short Poems

A great short poem that is both beautiful and haunting.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep - while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?


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Go To The Limits Of Your Longing - Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
Then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
Go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

Flare up like flame
And make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don't let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.


"Galaxy" - Issa - Short Poems - Short Poetry

The haiku poem below is famous for the incredible image it summons.

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More great short poems. The last two lines of this poem are beautiful.

Reliance - Henry Van Dyke

Not to the swift, the race:
Not to the strong, the fight:
Not to the righteous, perfect grace:
Not to the wise, the light.

But often faltering feet
Come surest to the goal;
And they who walk in darkness meet
The sunrise of the soul.


Seize the day!

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.


By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We have not wings, we cannot soar;
But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more,
The cloudy summits of our time.

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.





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The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a
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Read it here: inspirational poems


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Robert Frost wrote many famous poems. This is an in-depth Wikipedia page about him.


And here is another famous poet - Rudyard Kipling - (links to the Kipling Society page) for a great deal of information about his life and poetry.


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