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 — 374,270 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 72,722 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 1,216,856 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 257,884 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 162,644 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 94,566 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 215,638 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 359,875 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 1,056,528 ratings
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3.22 avg rating — 56,765 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 253,024 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 192,576 ratings
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21

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3.62 avg rating — 12,760 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 17,869 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 452,694 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 348,088 ratings
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25

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3.92 avg rating — 398,496 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 417,509 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 332,171 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 731,471 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 449,861 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 1,305,081 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 106,442 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 440,792 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 582,984 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 163,159 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 156,075 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 140,391 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 391,047 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,161,390 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 278,531 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 403,859 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 124,146 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 236,049 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 134,274 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 64,383 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 974,442 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 37,428 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 19,063 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 444,616 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 289,903 ratings
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51

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3.99 avg rating — 173,159 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 114,670 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 4,371 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 257,475 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 617,127 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 176,177 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 2,327 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 43,747 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 109,427 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 6,287 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 144,629 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 209,144 ratings
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3.60 avg rating — 47,921 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 64 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 46,707 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 34,568 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 803,229 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 286,104 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 1,789 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 2,897,887 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 145,081 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 15,753 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 166,036 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 2,628 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 177 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 329,455 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 6,085 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 52,977 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 119,473 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 135,060 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 62,686 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 32,968 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 2,667,219 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 23,016 ratings
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4.54 avg rating — 686,928 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 589,653 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 201,904 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 27,984 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 18,733 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 47,068 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 113,566 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 39,793 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 195 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 8,681 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 62,290 ratings
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3.34 avg rating — 2,377 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 35,888 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 76,070 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 58,883 ratings
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1,491 books · 791 voters · list created August 24th, 2008 by Antoine (votes) .
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Antoine 949 books
180 friends
Holly 482 books
105 friends
Heather 1783 books
752 friends
Gina 983 books
34 friends
Julianna 26 books
0 friends
Stefanie 1196 books
144 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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