Writer Cat RamboThe Most Famous Inspirational PoemsInspirational poems can lift us out of a moment of despair, give us the faith and courage to keep going,and remind us that were not alone. Other human beings have weathered storms and come through,and we can too.Other inspirational poems are a gift that we can share with others, showing that we understand whattheyre going through.Often inspirational poems help teach us of whats important in life. For example, A. E. Housman(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._E._Housman)s Loveliest of Trees celebrates whats ephemeral in life,reminding us that moments should be savored while they are here by looking at a particularly lovelymoment: cherry trees in full spring bloom.Loveliest of Trees (A.E. Housman)Loveliest of trees, the cherry nowIs hung with bloom along the bough,And stands about the woodland rideWearing white for Eastertide.Now, of my threescore years and ten,Twenty will not come again,And take from seventy springs a score,It only leaves me fifty more.And since to look at things in bloomFifty springs are little room,About the woodlands I will goTo see the cherry hung with snow.Time is fleeting, Housman reminds us (a favorite theme for poets) and "to look at things in bloom / Fiftyspring are little room." What a lovely reminder to stop and smell the roses!Other inspirational poems can express the grief were experiencing, and console us by letting us knowwere not alone. W. H. Auden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._H._Auden) lamented in "Stop all theclocks, cut off the telephone" that "I thought that love would last forever. I was wrong."An inspirational poem can help us deal with thoughts of immortality. John Donnes famous sonnet,"Death, Be Not Proud," assures us of life after death as it admonishes death for thinking it can assail the
human spirit:One short sleep past, we wake eternally,And death shall be no more. Death, thou shalt die.Another of Donnes Holy Sonnets, "Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God" moves us with the strengthof the passionate religious intensity that fills it:Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, youAs yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;That I may rise and stand oerthrow me, and bendYour force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.William Blakes "The Tiger" expresses a similar intensity as it marvels at creation with its lines:Tiger, Tiger, burning brightIn the forests of the night;What immortal hand or eye,Could frame thy fearful symmetry?Inspirational poems allow us to connect with poets writing at their most fevered pitch, their mostsublime sincerity, sometimes, as they show us the moments that have moved and changed them,whether it be something as simple as the sight of a field of golden daffodils or something as wracking asthe death of a student, taken in the prime of their youth.Reading inspirational poems may be one way of coping with deep emotion, by trying to match it withwhat poets have felt and expressed over the ages. Reading inspirational poems teaches us what otherhumans have felt and endured throughout the centuries; inspirational poems tell us that we are notalone.