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From whimsical Dr Seuss to empowering Maya Angelou: our readers' favourite lines of poetry

When John Hannah stood up and recited W.H. Auden's Funeral Blues in 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral, it went down as one of the most moving pieces of modern cinema in history.

The power of poetry is such that it can make us laugh, make us cry, or take us into complete silence - in a matter of seconds. And each verse can mean something completely different from one person to another, depending on how we might interpret it. 

When Katie Piper told Stylist that writing and reading poetry helped her during one of the darkest periods in her life, we decided to find the poems that had most touched us, and our readers. 

Hundreds of you got in touch to send us your favourite poems using the hashtag #PostAPoem, and we made the most poignant lines into beautiful images that work just as well on Instagram as they do, printed out and stuck on your desk.

If you haven’t sent us yours yet – it’s never too late, so please tweet @Stylistmagazine with the hashtag #PostAPoem, or email stories@stylist.co.uk. We’d love to hear from you.

Click the gallery below to see your favourites.

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