Some positive, inspirational poems include "If" by Rudyard Kipling, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)" by William Wordsworth, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, "A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe, "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and "A Prayer In Time Of War" by Alfred Noyes, notes PoemHunter.com. These poems can help people through difficult times, such as war or death, and help them see that things can get better.
Kipling's poem, "If," is written in the format of the poet giving advice to his son, John. In the poem, he lists all the characteristics needed to become a man, such as honesty, patience, being rational and humble. Another poem set during a war is "A Prayer In Time Of War" by Noyes, in which the speaker is praying for strength from God.
Wordsworth's poem, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)," describes a person finding happiness among the flowers. Longfellow celebrates life in "A Psalm of Life." People who are lonely may find inspiration in either of these poems.
Some other positive and inspirational poems include "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou, "If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking" by Emily Dickinson and "Dreams" by Langston Hughes, notes FamilyFriendPoems.com.