10 of the Best Poems about the Future

Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

‘Predictions are always difficult’, an anonymous Danish person (probably not Niels Bohr) is said to have quipped – ‘especially about the future.’ Poets have often dwelt on the past, whether nostalgically or more dispassionately; they have dealt with the current times they have lived through; but they have also sometimes turned their thoughts to the (as yet unknown) world of the future.

Here are ten of the greatest poems to consider the future.

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