One example of a motivational poem is "Success" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Another example is "Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True" by Helen Steiner Rice.
"Success" by Emerson is a poem about the side of success that doesn't have anything to do with money or fame. This poem considers frequent laughter, appreciation of beauty and leaving the world a better place as signs of success. Emerson was an American author and lecturer in the 19th century. He is recognized as the leader of the Transcendentalist movement during that time. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considers his famous speech, "The American Scholar," to be the American "Intellectual Declaration of Independence."
"Climb 'Til Your Dream Comes True" by Helen Steiner Rice is about how the things that are worth achieving aren't as hard as they seem as long as the right amount of courage and faith are applied. It describes how faith is the most powerful force when it comes to realizing one's dreams.
Rice was a religious poet during the 20th century. She discovered her love for writing when she started working for Gibson Greetings. Her work received massive exposure during the 1960s when several of her pieces were read during the poetry portion of the "Lawrence Welk" television show.