"I Still Rise" by Maya Angelou, "If" by Rudyard Kipling, and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost are all examples of inspirational poetry. These poems share a positive theme that encourages the reader to persevere through life's difficulties.
Maya Angelou, a celebrate African-American poet born in 1928, is famous for inspirational poems often inspired by the struggle of African-Americans for equal rights. In "I Still Rise," she makes it clear that no matter the reader's expectations of her or how many times she is figuratively knocked down, she continues to rise.
Poet and children's author Rudyard Kipling's "If" serves advice and encouragement to the reader through troubled times. He is an advocate of striving to be a better person even when others are not. He believes that the person who behaves with integrity ultimately comes out on top in life.
Often quoted by those who take a non-traditional path in life, Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" portrays a difficult decision faced by the poet. After surveying both paths, he decides to the take the path less traveled. He concludes at the end of the poem that choosing that path ultimately led to his success. "The Road Not Taken" is inspirational to anyone facing a decision in life.