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Who Is the Greatest Poet of All Time?

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If you love poetry, you might wonder what the best poet in history was and why they were so good. The art of writing beautiful lyrics has taken many forms over time and has been explored through poems from around the world throughout human history. The question of who is the greatest poet of all time can never be answered with certainty, but some writers rank higher than others on the list of poets to read. Let’s take a look at some of these famous poets and how they earned their reputation as one of the best poets in history.

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Building of University

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Did Lord Byron truly deserve to be called the greatest poet of all time? His poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn, was written in 1819 and has since been recognized as one of his most important works. It's widely regarded as one of the best poems ever written. Of course, opinions about art are subjective. What do you think about Ode on a Grecian Urn and its author's claims? Is there anyone else who deserves that title more than Byron? Perhaps Shakespeare or Wordsworth. Or maybe someone else entirely! Sound off in our comments section below. Now that we've had a chance to discuss our favorite poetry here on Forbes by Meghan Casserly, I'd like your opinion: Who is history's greatest poet? Respond below with your pick for history's finest verse writer! It's not an easy choice... . . . To help you choose which poet reigns supreme over all others, first let me ask a few questions. What does greatness mean? Are great poets only those that leave legacies behind them? Do they need to change history to achieve greatness? If so, what changes did Alexander Pope make throughout history through his influential writings? One could argue he didn't change anything; rather he expressed how other people felt without changing anything himself. But then again, would any of us feel differently if no one wrote poetry at all any more today (or if Pope never existed)? No way - because we wouldn't even recognize life without poetic writing!

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Pink Roses

Ode to Melancholy

An ode, also known as an ode or hymn, is a form of lyric poetry, typically in a language that approaches conversational style. In Pindar's odes, each stanza ends with one short line that serves as a refrain. Odes rise to prominence in classical poetry during and after imperial Rome. They are often formal but tend to have short invocations and petitions rather than narrative elements; even when they tell stories they usually lack epic chronology. The haunting melancholy works by Thomas Gray are typical: The curfew tolls / The knell of the parting day (Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard). A poem whose content consists largely or entirely of invocations would not be considered an ode.

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Sonnet 43

How can my muse want subject to invent, While thou dost breathe, that pours into my verse such floods of milk and honey? The verse cannot match thy sweetness; nor can imagination be so rich a playground as are thy loving glances - William Shakespeare (1564–1616) Sonnet 73: That you were once unkind befriends me now, and for that sorrow, which I then did feel, Needs must I under my transgression bow. Pardon me, though God and I both do know that he who sins in jest must not be nobleness itself. - John Donne (1572–1631) If you're looking for a poetry reading on-demand tool we've got it here.

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She Walks in Beauty

In 1820, Lord Byron said that if he were to rank poets based on their ability to write, he would put Shakespeare first. As everyone knows, of course, Lord Byron was an extremely accomplished poet himself. His personal life (one assumes) was complicated and tempestuous. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. We want to know: When it comes to rankings, which poet gets number two? To be honest: It doesn’t matter who you pick for number two or three or four or five ... but that won’t stop us from trying! In terms of how a poet can be judged as the best let's look at some factors that may make one poem stand out over another. Maybe poetry is much more than just words on a page, maybe it’s something much more complex...just like love. So here are our suggestions: Line Length—poems that are longer in lines tend to convey a larger sense of intelligence and wisdom; word length—poems were all words long tend to convey larger ideas; Rhyme schemes—poems with higher rhyme schemes will typically have stronger thematic elements. And what about imagery and metaphor?

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The Green Helmet

This popular debate can be answered with a few simple rules. Firstly, it’s important to define what qualifies as a poet: A poet is someone who writes poems. This narrows down an already large pool of candidates, which brings us to rule two: The poems must exist. Any number of entries would otherwise slip through, given that some argue for Homer, others for Sappho, or even Shakespeare—but there is no actual evidence that any of these writers existed or wrote poems at all. This leads us in turn to rule three: The poets must have been real and have also competed against one another during their lifetimes; no posthumous recognition here! Even then, many contenders fall away due to different kinds of competition: Some say only original work should count while others insist on translation or interpretation competitions instead. So now we’re just left with a list of famous names (in alphabetical order): Li Bai (also known as Li Po), Plato, Sappho, and Virgil. That doesn't mean they're inarguably great—just that they're our best options today if we use these very specific criteria.

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