The First Poems of Famous Writers

Below are some of our favorite writers and their very first poems ever written. What do you think? Which are your favorite? Can you see where their style started from? Do these poems inspire you? Let us know in the comments below!

William Shakespeare

“Untitled” (1582) (1 year before he had a poem published)

Those lips that Love’s own hand did make
Breath’d forth the sound that said I hate
To me that languish’d for her sake:
But when she saw my woeful state,
Straight in her heart did mercy come.
Chiding that tongue, that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom:
And taught it thus anew to greet:
‘I hate’ she alter’d with an end
That follow’d it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away.
‘I hate’ from hate away she threw,
And sav’d my life, saying ‘not you’

e.e. cummings

“My First Poem” (1897) (Age 3)

Oh little birdie

With your

Sylvia Plath

“Poem” (1941) (Published when she was 8 years old)

Hear the crickets chirping
In the dewy grass.
Bright little fireflies
Twinkle as they pass.

Edgar Allan Poe

“Untitled” (1824) (At the age of 15)

Last night, with many cares & toils oppress’d
Weary, I laid me on a couch to rest —

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