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28 Best Poetry Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Poetry books (instead of one person's opinion).

Our process:
1. Search for "best poetry books" and study the top 4 articles.
2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    Leaves of Grass

    Walt Whitman

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 4

    100 Selected Poems

    E. E. Cummings

    Appears in 3 articles
  5. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    5

    The Essential Rumi

    Jalal Al-Din Rumi

    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 7
    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 9

    Ariel

    Sylvia Plath

    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 15
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 19
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 20
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 24

    Selected Poems

    Federico Garcia Lorca

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 27
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 28

    Picture Bride

    Cathy Song

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this Poetry books list created?

    We searched for "best Poetry books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Poetry books are in this list?

    There are 28 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Poetry books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Poetry books on the internet.

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