What Are the Most Famous Inspirational Poems?


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Examples of famous inspirational poems include "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, "If" by Rudyard Kipling and "If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking" by Emily Dickinson. Other famous inspirational poems are "Dreams" by Langston Hughes and "The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

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"Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou is a poem about how even though some women are not beautiful in the external and conventional sense, their inner beauty always shines through. It starts out by saying "Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size, But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies."

In addition to being a poet, Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist and award winning author. Her most notable work is her memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She was also an actress, singer, dancer and screenwriter.

"If" by Rudyard Kipling is a poem that describes the details of what it takes to be a good man. "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same," is a famous line from this poem and it is engraved in the walls over the players entrance at Wimbledon. Rudyard Kipling was an English poet and author of children's stories in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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