Most Poetic Book Titles

Silly and funny titles are way cool, but this list is for titles that are beautiful. Even if the book itself is not so hot (or you haven't read it!), the title is memorable.
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3.98 avg rating — 271,377 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 171,256 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 108,170 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 238,900 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 379,218 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 284,182 ratings
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3.24 avg rating — 62,832 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 219,798 ratings
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3.62 avg rating — 13,594 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 18,586 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 521,329 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 436,497 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 450,750 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 786,906 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 374,667 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 490,821 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 121,622 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 508,126 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 163,268 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 307,479 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 1,265,131 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 1,144,085 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 258,192 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 446,144 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 142,624 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 70,598 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 318,028 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 189,260 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 468,496 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 4,567 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 659,096 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 275,550 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 191,318 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 51,422 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 119,575 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 158,542 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 230,025 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 48,793 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 184 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 2,899,120 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 362,989 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 6,564 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 53,798 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 618,501 ratings
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3.60 avg rating — 73,578 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 222,308 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 28,901 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 36,449 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 774,598 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 22,095 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 127,952 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 41,208 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 9,143 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 76,575 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 42,363 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 84,281 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 65,946 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 219 ratings
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1,490 books · 814 voters · list created August 24th, 2008 by Antoine (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Antoine 949 books
178 friends
Holly 498 books
108 friends
Heather 1815 books
747 friends
Gina 1137 books
30 friends
Julianna 26 books
0 friends
Stefanie 1311 books
147 friends
Miranda 330 books
54 friends
Josi 156 books
12 friends

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message 1: by Brixton (new)

Brixton I like this list. It is the only one I keep returning to when I am reminded of titles I didn't see on list or as such titles randomly occur to me.


message 2: by Reese (new)

Reese I'm also enjoying visiting this list now and again. The choices reveal an astonishing diversity of definitions of "poetic."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I combined duplicates; hopefully this corrected the problem.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Virender wrote: ""Wuthering heights" is not a poetic title."

It sure sounds poetic to me and always has. It evokes gothic images.


message 5: by jeanie (new)

jeanie How are books "scored"?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The book you rank first gets a hundred points, the one you rank second, ninety-nine, and so on down through one hundred books.


message 7: by jeanie (new)

jeanie Ok. Now I see. Thank you.


message 9: by Dermo (new)

Dermo I wonder who can add to this list. An awful lot of awful on it. Hemingway and Steinbeck are both very good at the poetic titles though.


message 10: by jeanie (new)

jeanie Anyone can post to it. Perhaps what is poetic to one is not poetic to another? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, afterall.


message 11: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Dermo wrote: "I wonder who can add to this list. An awful lot of awful on it. Hemingway and Steinbeck are both very good at the poetic titles though."

Remember too that (for this list) it is only how good the titles sound that counts. The book itself could suck eggs, and still be worth including if the title is cool sounding. As for the actual results, well, that's democracy, I guess.


message 12: by Christie (new)

Christie I think you've made a lot of great choices here. I have to say though that some are poetic because the titles are taken directly from lines of poems! Not sure how "Jaws" fits though. lol


message 13: by Dahlia (last edited Feb 05, 2014 10:03AM) (new)

Dahlia Some of these titles are quite interesting, some of them truly wonderful; but some of them are just plain silly. I'm surprised to see them on the list.


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie I didn't realize how much I love Alice Walker's titles until I went through my book list to add to your list.


message 15: by Dana (new)

Dana Who put Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin on this list? :( I love Charlie Brown, but someone thinks they're way too funny. But An Artist of the World and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things are excellent choices. Wow, who knew there were so many definitions of "poetic"?


message 16: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 29, 2016 10:35PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Sometimes a book can have a beautifully poetic title, like Van de koele meren des Doods, which is completely lost in a translation (Van de koele meren des Doods has been translated as Hedwig's Journey).


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager Catcher in the rye is on there twice - pages 1 and 6.


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager I think that wind-up bird is on there twice too. pages 11 and ?


message 19: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 26, 2019 01:28AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Chris wrote: "I think that wind-up bird is on there twice too. pages 11 and ?"

Shouldn't be there twice anymore, as I had the system perform a duplicate check (and 13 duplicates were removed...).

As a GR librarian, you could have tried the duplicate check yourself. Did you? And were the books still double on this list?

I checked for a double copy of The Catcher in the Rye (#102), see your previous remark, after the system performed the duplicate check, but it is only there once now.


message 20: by Chris (new)

Chris Gager Thanks, my Goodreads time is limited so I only do an "alert" when I see duplications - trying to be helpful. I do the lists that my friend Alice sends me. That's about it. I do appreciate the work that others do, but I have to ration my time. That's because I don't have a home computer. Just those at the local libraries.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Makes sense. (I do it just about every time I vote or visit a list, but I have the time and a home computer.)


message 22: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "... I do it just about every time I vote or visit a list ..."

Same here :-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I have to remind myself not to if it's a 'cover' list, actually...


message 24: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "I have to remind myself not to if it's a 'cover' list, actually..."

Again, same here :-)


message 25: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Antoine wrote: "Remember too that (for this list) it is only how good the titles sound that counts. The book itself could suck eggs, and still be worth including if the title is cool sounding. ..."

I so agree... I looked purely at the titles, nothing more.


message 26: by Jillian (new)

Jillian Allen This is an overall great list, but it has a curious lack of actual poetry books on it. Books of poetry often have the most beautiful, heartstopping, and, well, poetic titles:

Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Incorrect Merciful Impulses by Camille Rankine
Atmospheric Embroidery by Meena Alexander
How to Cure a Ghost by Fariha Roisin
How the End Begins by Cynthia Cruz
Community Garden for Lonely Girls by Christine shan Shan Hou

Some other books that deserve a mention:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Wholeness of a Broken Heart by Katie Singer
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Then you should definitely vote for those books.


message 28: by Jillian (new)

Jillian Allen Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "Then you should definitely vote for those books."
I'm stupid and didn't realize I could add books to the list lol


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads A lot of people don't!


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