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Famous Male Poets

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List of famous male poets, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male poets list contains the most prominent and top males known for being poets. There are thousand of males working as poets in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic poets have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a poet then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male poets, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male poets?" and "Who are the best male poets?"

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    James Franco
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    James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more
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    Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
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    James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and performances, he is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
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    Viggo Mortensen
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    Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many notable films of the 1990s, including The Indian Runner, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, Daylight, The Portrait of ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, + more
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Musician, Film Producer, Author, + more
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    William Shakespeare
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    William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)
    • Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright
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    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
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    Pete Doherty
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    Peter "Pete" Doherty is an English musician, writer, actor, poet and artist. He is best known musically for being co-frontman of The Libertines, which he formed with Carl Barât in 1997. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news media, ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Hexham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
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    Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are ...more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1971-1996)
    • Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper, Screenwriter, + more
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    Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician who is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, He is also known for his time with World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. Before gaining prominence in WWE, Hardy performed for the ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Wrestler, Musician, Singer-songwriter
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    Edgar Allan Poe
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    Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Boston, United States of America, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author, + more
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    John Denver
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    Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)
    • Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
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    Marilyn Manson is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids with their theatrical performances gathering a local cult following in the early 1990s. The band's lineup ...more

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    • Birthplace: Canton
    • Profession: Writer, Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Film Director, + more
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    Hans Christian Andersen
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    Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, or "fairy-tales" in English, express themes that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Funen, Denmark, Region of Southern Denmark, Eurasia, Kingdom of Denmark, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1803-1882)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, poet, singer and songwriter. He was known for his role as Mr. Spock of the Star Trek franchise. Nimoy began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts, West End
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more
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    Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Wales, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, + more
    • Profession: Commentator, Television director, Poet, Television producer, Novelist, + more
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    Dante Alighieri
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    Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. In ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1265-1321)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Politician, Novelist, Writer
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    Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to an old Yankee family. He immigrated to England in 1914, settling, working and marrying ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist, Writer, Playwright
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    John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and was also nominated for ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Rochester
    • Profession: Poet, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting
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