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

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Harriet Hall
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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.

  • My Old Face, Katie Piper

    Written by Katie Piper

  • Do not go gentle into that good night, Dylan Thomas

    Nominated by Stylist's editor-in-chief, Lisa Smosarski

  • I carry your heart with me, E. E. Cummings

    Nominated by Stylist.co.uk writer, Harriet Hall

  • Close close all night, Elizabeth Bishop

    Nominated by Stylist.co.uk editor, Anna brech

  • Ivie M. Eke

    Written by Stylist reader, Ivie M. Eke of Classically Ivy

  • Be Nobody's Darling, Alice Walker

    Nominated by Laura Bates of The Everyday Sexism Project

  • I am Yours, Luke Graves

    Nominated by comedian, Luisa Omielan

  • A Privilege, Amanda Stewart

    Written by Stylist reader, Amanda Stewart, about her experience of going through a preventative mastectomy.

  • Scaffolding, Seamus Heaney

    Nominated by Stylist reader, Dawn Hesketh

  • I have no ambitions, Ellen Kennedy

    Nominated by Stylist reader, Flaming June

  • In a Station of the Metro, Ezra Pound

    Nominated by Stylist's production editor, Gareth Watkins

  • Funeral Blues, W.H. Auden

    Nominated by Stylist's associate editor (beauty), Joanna McGarry

  • All the Way, Charles Bukowski

    Nominated by Stylist reader, Kathryn O’Neill

  • Things, Fleur Adcock

    Nominated by BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter, Jane Garvey

  • Ode on Melancholy, John Keats

    Nominated by Stylist reader, Charlotte Wightwick

  • The More Loving One, W. H. Auden

    Nominated by Stylist's Shimmy Ahmed

  • Perfect, Bo Burnham

    Nominated by Stylist picture researcher, Nicole Holcroft-Emmes

  • Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou

    Nominated by Stylist.co.uk writer, Harriet Hall. 

  • Happy birthday to you! Dr. Seuss

    Nominated by Stylist.co.uk's social manager, Georgie Wilkinson

  • Mysteries, Yes, Mary Oliver

    Nominated by digital editor-in-chief, Maggie Hitchins.