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10 Poetry Tattoo Ideas: Words That Will Stay With You Forever

Sometimes you come across a poem or a verse that you want to etch in your memory forever. Poetry has this effect on us—this heart-piercing ability to make us feel connected, loved and seen. And what better way to emulate the permanency these words have on our souls than with a tattoo? 


Here are ten popular poetry tattoos to inspire you the next time you feel the need for some new ink.



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I wish to weep

but sorrow is


I wish to believe

but belief is a


Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire





Maya Angelou

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Just like the moons and like the suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like the hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Maya Angelou, Still I Rise







Robert Frost

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And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own.

I would have written of me in stone: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.

—Robert Frost, The Lesson for Today










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Her heart was wild

but I didn’t want to catch it

I wanted to run with it

to set mine free.

—Atticus, Wild Heart







Sylvia Plath

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Out of the ash

I rise with my red hair

And I eat men like air.

—Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus






Sarah Williams

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I have loved the stars too fondly

to be fearful of the night

Sarah Williams, The Old Astronomer to His Pupil










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To strive, to seek,

to find and not to yield

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses









T.S. Eliot

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Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

—T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men





Emily Dickinson

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Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune–without the word,

And never stops at all,

And the sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

—Emily Dickinson, Hope is the Thing With Feathers


Rupi Kaur

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and here you are living

despite it all

Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers