In Pictures: 10 Most Beautiful Lines From Poetry

“Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.” ― Dennis Gabor

This Poet’s Day, celebrate those who fill our lives with beautiful and poignant words. Acknowledge and appreciate the wonder that flows from the tip of their pens and makes way into our hearts.

Below are some of the most beautiful lines from poetry that move you, and that remain with you for days to come.

1. Shall I compare thee to a summers day (Sonnet 18), William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate.

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2. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

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3. Trees, Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

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4. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers, Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

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5. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils

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6. If, Rudyard Kipling

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!


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7. How Do I Love Thee?, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

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8. Ode to Autumn, John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run

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9. If You Think You are Beaten, Walter D. Wintle

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man.

But sooner or later the man who wins,

Is the man who thinks he can.

10. The Children’s Hour, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight.

When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day’s occupations.

That is known as the Children’s Hour.


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