Goodreads Top 100 Poems of All Time

100 poems recommended by Goodreads Serious Literature Group offered for voting by Goodreaders.
1

by
4.24 avg rating — 72,553 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.32 avg rating — 11,579 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.27 avg rating — 34,068 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.21 avg rating — 64,086 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.12 avg rating — 77,875 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
4.49 avg rating — 563 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
3.49 avg rating — 169,791 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
4.29 avg rating — 7,567 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
4.28 avg rating — 216 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
4.10 avg rating — 36,303 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.07 avg rating — 98,522 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
4.11 avg rating — 34,097 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.43 avg rating — 202,407 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.30 avg rating — 149 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.20 avg rating — 30,129 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.24 avg rating — 19,958 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.03 avg rating — 56,524 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.32 avg rating — 16,181 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.93 avg rating — 45,547 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
4.29 avg rating — 34 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.49 avg rating — 1,730 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
4.06 avg rating — 5,216 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
4.39 avg rating — 9,021 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.28 avg rating — 481 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.26 avg rating — 40,712 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
4.38 avg rating — 9,307 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
3.92 avg rating — 4,938 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
3.81 avg rating — 115,037 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
4.40 avg rating — 596 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.17 avg rating — 16,817 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
4.22 avg rating — 1,826 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.08 avg rating — 9,855 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
4.03 avg rating — 6,708 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.43 avg rating — 5,745 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
4.15 avg rating — 191 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
3.75 avg rating — 781,436 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.46 avg rating — 673 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
3.90 avg rating — 8,194 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.41 avg rating — 12,150 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
4.15 avg rating — 1,140 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
4.33 avg rating — 15,020 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42

by
3.99 avg rating — 665 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 4,581 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.28 avg rating — 306 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
4.13 avg rating — 10,497 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
4.07 avg rating — 7,522 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
4.44 avg rating — 6,316 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
4.08 avg rating — 466 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
4.31 avg rating — 7,023 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.08 avg rating — 19,665 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
4.31 avg rating — 1,557 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.24 avg rating — 7,815 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
4.44 avg rating — 34 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 32 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.06 avg rating — 242 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.31 avg rating — 42,080 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.24 avg rating — 45 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
3.95 avg rating — 8,629 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
4.12 avg rating — 1,112 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
3.64 avg rating — 259 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
4.93 avg rating — 70 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
4.17 avg rating — 2,500 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
4.56 avg rating — 501 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
4.26 avg rating — 3,814 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
4.46 avg rating — 4,314 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.17 avg rating — 1,586 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
3.90 avg rating — 1,218 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.04 avg rating — 294 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.34 avg rating — 7,269 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
3.69 avg rating — 46,799 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
4.57 avg rating — 89 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73

by
4.33 avg rating — 2,391 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
4.07 avg rating — 165 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
4.61 avg rating — 173 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.03 avg rating — 2,142 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
4.30 avg rating — 291 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.01 avg rating — 2,790 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.40 avg rating — 15 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
4.14 avg rating — 664 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
3.88 avg rating — 64 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.67 avg rating — 12 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
4.45 avg rating — 69 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.32 avg rating — 1,014 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
3.79 avg rating — 6,959 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
3.56 avg rating — 14,678 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
4.06 avg rating — 7,808 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.25 avg rating — 81 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.99 avg rating — 78 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
4.11 avg rating — 1,133 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.11 avg rating — 3,357 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
4.22 avg rating — 407 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93

by
4.23 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.73 avg rating — 15 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.91 avg rating — 35 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.73 avg rating — 1,392 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
3.81 avg rating — 21 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
3.92 avg rating — 172 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.78 avg rating — 5,513 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
4.04 avg rating — 52,667 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
214 books · 288 voters · list created September 25th, 2011 by David Lentz (votes) .
78 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


David 858 books
1994 friends
Karin 2855 books
35 friends
Autumn 1937 books
132 friends
Sergio 150 books
34 friends
Mo 2118 books
83 friends
Manny 3488 books
4642 friends
Morrigan 1133 books
192 friends
Robb 620 books
196 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-19 of 19 (19 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by David (new)

David Lentz Dear CR,
Only a very wise man understands that, compared to what remains still to be read of value, precious time should be focused on reading only the best.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You want me to clean this one, David? I see it has 105 books at present.


message 3: by David (new)

David Lentz Susanna wrote: "You want me to clean this one, David? I see it has 105 books at present."

Dear Susanna,
Yes, please. Some good new entries I must admit. But let's see where our original list takes us. Thank you, Susanna.


message 4: by Robert (last edited Oct 22, 2011 03:11PM) (new)

Robert Time for some debate: How does Longfellow get multiple entries but the Gawain poet and Ted Hughes get none?


message 5: by David (new)

David Lentz Dear Robert,
Your suggestion has great merit. I added Sir Gawain. We need a worthy Ted Hughes poem. And I think we should open this excellent list up to everyone soon to see how it could be further improved by smart suggestions like Robert's.


message 6: by Robert (new)

Robert Hawk Roosting is my favourite Ted Hughes poem but there are many other worthy ones.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Do you want me to remove the "please do not add books to this list" message in the list description?


message 8: by David (new)

David Lentz Dear Susanna,
I've got this one, thanks. Let's bring into the mix the intellectual capital of Goodreaders to this great list started by the Serious Literature Group.


message 10: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. Love this list...I have a more studential one with similar tastes here:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/19...


message 11: by Jo (new)

Jo Preston Ted Hughes The crow; birthday letters; or the individual poem The Fox all worthy contenders.
I would also vote for Wendy Cope's making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis


message 12: by Lit Bug (new)

Lit Bug What about Emily Dickinson? I loved her 'Much Madness is Divinest Sense', 'Pain Has An Element of Blank' and 'Success Is Counted Sweetest'.


message 13: by Pamela (new)

Pamela No Seamus Heaney? Until his recent death, probably the greatest living poet in the English language. For shame!


message 14: by Robert (new)

Robert Pamela wrote: "No Seamus Heaney? Until his recent death, probably the greatest living poet in the English language. For shame!"

But only since Ted Hughes and R.S. Thomas died, in my view. Still, having Longfellow but no Heaney seems strange to me.


message 15: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Robert wrote: "Pamela wrote: "No Seamus Heaney? Until his recent death, probably the greatest living poet in the English language. For shame!"

But only since Ted Hughes and R.S. Thomas died, in my view. Still, h..."


Ah, but that still gave Heaney a good dozen or so years at the top! To be honest I think many of these lists contain works that are supposedly 'worthy' rather than having any actual merit


message 16: by Robert (new)

Robert Pamela wrote: "Robert wrote: "Pamela wrote: "No Seamus Heaney? Until his recent death, probably the greatest living poet in the English language. For shame!"

But only since Ted Hughes and R.S. Thomas died, in my..."


Well, that can always happen - that's why I've only voted for things I've read. I haven't even voted for Gawain and the Green Knight because I have only read translations into modern English.

I notice that Heaney appears on page two of the list i.e. below the top 100.


message 17: by Pamela (new)

Pamela That was me, I just added him!


message 18: by Robert (new)

Robert Pamela wrote: "That was me, I just added him!"

Aha! Good for you!


message 19: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 27, 2014 12:49AM) (new)

Booklovinglady A wonderful list! As the title clearly states though "Goodreads Top 100 Poems of All Time, I've taken the liberty of removing a few books for being novels, not poetry: The God of Small Things, The Inheritance of Loss and Midnight's Children.

@David Lentz
The titles mentions "Goodreads Top 100 Poems of All Time", still there are currently 176 titles on this list (after I'd removed 6 duplicates). Earlier on Susanna already noticed 105 titles. I haven't added any titles (yet), although I could see some great ones 'missing', but reading the discussion above, I'm guessing the title of the Listopia is no longer correct and one can add now?


back to top