November 6, 2019


If by Rudyard Kipling in calligraphy with figure at a mountain top

Calligraphy Prints of Famous Poems

Many of the examples of calligraphy poems and quotes that you see all over the Beautiful Calligraphy website are available as prints.

They can also be personalized (small additional charge) and I can change a background and add your own photography (even selfies!). 

Peace Prayer of St. Francis written in calligraphy with Rock cairn showing the way

Custom Calligraphy Services

My custom calligraphy services gives you so many options to make your calligraphy print exactly what you want. If you see an example of a background, the text of a poem or quote, or even style that you like I can make this available to you! 

These calligraphy poems and quotes that you see on pages all over the Beautiful Calligraphy website are available printed on a variety of surfaces, such as paper, metal, wood, canvas, acrylic, and more! Seeing a finished piece can help give you an idea of what you would like.

Skip an Extra Trip for Framing

It's makes your effort a lot easier because you don't have to take a paper print to a framer. You can order your custom calligraphy to be printed on one of these great surfaces and your calligraphy comes ready to hang, right out of the box!

Read about how and where to choose a perfect background for your poem, quote or any text.  Or you can contact me to incorporate your own photo with the quote of your choice. (please make sure to send me your complete text and a full resolution photo for the best print).

Famous poem- sea fever, by John Masefield written in calligraphy with photo of the ocean

Most Requested Famous Poems

Some of my most requested famous poems are ones that I remember, and so they MUST be old! (LOL). 

work, love, dance, famous poem by Rumi in calligraphy
famous Poem about friendship by George Eliot written in calligraphy
Famous Poem High Flight written in calligraphy, "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
i carry your heart, ee cummings famous love poem in calligraphy
Words To Live By: Recovery Saying "One Day At A Time" combined with The Serenity Prayer designed in calligraphy
Serenity Prayer quote in calligraphy with beach background
The poem, Her Hands poem about a mother's hands written in calligraphy with a personal photo of a mother and daughter's hands. This calligraphy artwork is personalized.

These poems are famous because they touch the heart of so many people. It doesn't matter where they live, their age, or anything else about them. It shows that we as humans, all want love, appreciate friendship, and love the environment. 

I know that one poem in particular, "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry has become a very famous poem for people stressed out about what is happening in the world right now. It is a comforting poem. These pieces are all prints that can be personalized by adding "to, from" etc. That makes them less costly than having an original done for a first time. If any of the poems you see on the site appeal to you, just write to me. If I still have the original I can have them done for you at a big savings! 

Famous poem, most requested popular poem, The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry written in calligraphy on scene of birds in the wild

The Famous Poem: Desiderata

Desiderata is one of my most popular requests as well. I have the text superimposed on many different backgrounds that my customers have requested. It's a VERY long poem that gives you directions about how to live your life. I think if a person could follow all of Max Ehrmann's directions they would end up happy, successful and probably healthy as well! 

Because I have the text already written, if you would like a copy of Desiderata with a different background, it too will be very much more affordable than having to write it all out again! You can contact me if you want your own background with Desiderata.

In a cute story, a father did his own modifications of the text of Desiderata as a wedding gift for his daughter and new son-in-law.

Desiderata, the famous poem of Max Ehrmann written in calligraphy on parchment background with calligraphic flourishes as decoration
First Anniversary gift, personalized version of Desiderata written in calligraphy & superimposed on wedding photo
desiderata written in calligraphy and superiposed on a photo from NASA

Reciting Famous Poems

Memorizing famous poems was something I had to do back in elementary school. It was a long time ago, in my childhood when my mother would recite famous poems to me. She did it so well, with a great cadence and emotion. Sea Fever is one that I can remember her reciting:

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky"

I had almost forgotten about it until a new customer ALSO loved the poem. I was delighted when he asked for me to do a calligraphy piece using this famous poem because I got to remember it again!

My Favorite Poem

My favorite poem comes from a book of poems written by a Lebanese spiritual writer and poet: Kahlil Gibran. I cannot read many of his poems without tearing up from emotion. They are so profound and touch a place in my heart. I cannot encourage you enough to get his book: The Prophet so that you can read ALL of his poems! 



The Prophet On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

From The Prophet (Knopf, 1923).

"The Prophet on Children" is so moving. I hope you think that my calligraphy does it justice! I defy you not to be utterly moved when you read this famous poem! As you can see, I use this poem as a baby gift along with the name and photo of the new arrival. I can add siblings names as well. And as in the case of the other calligraphy pieces I've already written, this is more affordable because The Prophet on Children is already written out. 

The Prophet on CHildren for baby birth certificate in calligraphy
The Prophet, by Gibran baby birth certificate gift

Famous Poems About Courage

These two famous poems, "Invictus" and "If" speak to a life lived with courage. I'm a tennis addict - actually fanatic! Every year when tennis players entire center court for the competition at Wimbledon Stadium in England they pass under these lines from "If" by Rudyard Kipling:

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same

Invictus is a famous poem perfect for the soldier in your life:

I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul
Invictus Poem on American Flag with soldier for Military Gift
If, the famous poem by Rudyard Kipling, written in calligraphy, superimposed on a background of a person reaching the mountaintop.

YOUR Favorite Poem

Whatever famous poem moves you, or if you are a poet, I hope you've seen that combining calligraphy with your poem can make it really sing! And remember, all of these poems on this page and more are available at a savings because they've been written out already. I can change the background for your preference, or even use the background image for YOUR favorite poem! All you have to do is contact me and tell me which poem or quote you'd like to have made for you or your gift recipient.

Thanks for visiting! 

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