The following 20 audio poems are among the most famous of all time. Just click the hyperlink, then close your eyes and let poetry sweep you away.
#1. “If”, by Rudyard Kipling
This famous classic audio-poem comes from England’s most famous 20th Century poet, Rudyard Kipling. It is a poem written from a mentor to a child, a road-map to sculpting oneself into a man as he should be. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem “If”.
#2. “The Daffodils Poem”, by William Wordsworth
Of Wordsworth’s famous classic-poetry this inspirational classic audio-poem is the best known. Weaving a magical scene, as if straight from a fairytale dream, the poet casts a spell on his hours of musing. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Daffodils Poem”.
#3. “She Walks in Beauty”, by Lord Byron
Though famous classic-poetry about beauty is easy to find, this classic audio-poem by Lord Byron has become the most famous of its kind. Drawing the image of a perfect woman, it pays homage to everything that a woman can be. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “She Walks in Beauty”.
#4. “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, by Lewis Carroll
This famous classic audio-poem is part of the best-selling children’s story in the whole world, until “Harry Potter” came along. From “Alice in Wonderland”, this narrative poem will make children laugh and entertain adults with its political undertones. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter”.
#5. “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost
This classic audio-poem is Robert Frost’s most famous. “The Road Not Taken” can be read humorously, as the poet teases a dear friend for always lamenting the other road he couldn’t take because he took another instead. But many read this as an inspiration poem, a statement of independence, and therefore a quintessential American poem. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Road Not Taken”.
#6. “Ode to a Nightingale”, by John Keats
This famous classic audio-poem is considered by many to be the most beautiful poem in the world. So many of its lines are quotes daily, and one in particular, one that opens “charmed magic casements” before the mind. So close your eyes and Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “Ode to a Nightingale”.
#7. “The Raven”, by Edgar Allan Poe
This famous classic audio-poem is Poe’s most famous creation, often thought of as a perfect Halloween poem. This haunting narrative poem tells the tale of a man sitting in the dark of night, in a shadow-filled room, when all at once a tap sounds at his door. Filled with fear and lamentation of a lost love, the poem has enchanted readers for generations. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Raven”.
#8. “Invictus”, by William Earnest Henley
This famous classic audio-poem is considered one of the most defiant declarations of individualism and freedom ever written. Even in the darkest, Socialist nations, man can never be truly enslaved. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “Invictus”.
#9. “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day”, by William Shakespeare
The classic poetry of Shakespeare is known the world over, but no sonnet is as famous as this one. And since Shakespeare wrote his sonnets privately, to the people in his life, the poem becomes even more beguiling. Listen to this famous classic audio-poem, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day”.
#10. “The Way Through the Woods”, by Rudyard Kipling
This famous classic audio-poem is Rudyard Kipling’s 2nd most famous poem. It is a po em about the beauty of nature and its everlasting wonder. “The Way Through the Woods” is like a fairy’s song, a nature poem to make you smile and feel happily lost in the woods. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Way Through the Woods”.
#11. “If You Were Coming in the Fall”, by Emily Dickinson
This famous classic audio-poem reads like modern poetry, though it was written about 150 years ago. In it the poet counts the minutes, the hours, the days without end, while waiting to be with her lover again. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “If You Were Coming in the Fall”.
#12. “The Flea”, by John Donne
Of the famous classic-poetry written in Shakespeare’s day, that by John Donne is most famous for its intelligence. In this seduction poem, the poet weaves a crafty analogy between the mingling of blood in a flea and the mingling of body and soul in the act of making love. Listen to this famous classic audio-poem, “The Flea”.
#13. “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, by John Keats
Of John Keats famous classic-poetry, this poem is best loved by romantics. Weaving a fantasy narrative of a knight wondering on a cold hillside, the poem speaks of a woman who was fairy-like and cast her spell so cruelly, only to vanish and leave the knight all woebegone. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci.”
#14. “Oh Captain! My Captain!”, by Walt Whitman
This famous classic audio-poem was written in tribute to President Lincoln, after his assassination on April 14th, 1865, following the end of the Civil War, which abolished slavery in the United States. The movie “The Dead Poets Society”, featured this poem as its theme. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “Oh Captain! My Captain!”.
#15. “How Do I Love Thee”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Of all famous classic-poetry written about love, the opening lines of this poem are the most famous. Herself hardly likely to become the heroine of romance, the poet defied her ill health and sallow complexion in engaging the heart and mind of one of England’s finer poets, Robert Browning. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “How Do I Love Thee”.
#16. “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”, by William Blake
This pair of famous classic audio-poems is perhaps the most famous selection of Christian poetry in the world. Displaying corollary but opposite views of God, the two poems are best enjoyed together. Listen to the famous classic audio-poems, “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”.
#17. “The Power of the Dog”, by Rudyard Kipling
This famous classic audio-poem is the only world-famous poem about our four-legged friends. For someone who has just adopted his first dog, or for an owner whose dog has just died, and so in his grief the owner swears never to adopt another dog again, this poem is ideal. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Power of the Dog” .
#18. “The Spider and the Fly”, by Mary Howitt
This famous classic audio-poem was written for children but is so often referred to as a metaphor by adults. With its wonderful moral cautioning against vanity, this narrative poem tells a rhyming fable. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “The Spider and the Fly”.
#19. “A Psalm of Life”, by Henry Wardsworth Longfellow
Like much of Longfellow’s famous classic-poetry, this inspirational classic audio-poem speaks to the soul of man, encouraging it to fly, achieve, aspire–for the soul of man was not born for death. But rather, through creation and indomitable work we might leave “footprints in the sands of time”. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “A Psalm of Life”.
#20. “Kubla Khan”, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Of the famous classic-poetry known as the English Romantic Poetry that by Coleridge is the most beguiling. And this magnificent classic audio-poem, which weaves a strange palace with caves of ice, is the most famous of Coleridge’s creations. Listen to the famous classic audio-poem, “Kubla Khan”.
To hear more famous classic audio-poems, visit my free audio-poems library. There the audio-poems are arranged in groups, either by the name of the poet or by the theme of the collection. You’ll find friendship-poems, love-poems, dark and depressing-poems, or bright-poems about birds, light, dreams and sleep.