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Famous Male Poets

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.

List features people like Michael Gorra and Bhai Nand Lal.

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 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author + 3 more
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, Freaks and Geeks + 97 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director + 19 more
    • Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Yellow Submarine, Spies Like Us, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Help! + 76 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician + 8 more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous + 12 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: Love Her Madly, Lion’s Love, HWY: An American Pastoral, Feast of Friends, Induction + 1 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Musician, Film Producer, Author + 3 more
    • Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Good, Carlito's Way + 48 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1564-1616)
    • Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright
    • Credits: West Side Story, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romeo + Juliet, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet + 228 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray, A Good Woman, Wilde + 23 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Hexham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: Confession of a Child of the Century, The Libertines, Who the Hell Is Pete Doherty?, Babyshambles: Up the Shambles: Live in Manchester, The Wrong Ferarri
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    Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor, Composer + 2 more
    • Credits: Ice Age: Continental Drift, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Breakaway + 2 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice, Gridlock'd, Nothing but Trouble + 5 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Wrestler, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: WWE SmackDown, WWE Superstars, Impact Wrestling, WWE: Royal Rumble 2007, WWE: SummerSlam 2009 + 18 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author + 1 more
    • Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven + 66 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 8 more
    • Credits: Oh, God!, Mickey's Christmas Carol, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Take Me Home: The John Denver Story + 17 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Canton
    • Profession: Writer, Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Film Director + 4 more
    • Credits: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Mean Machine, Lest We Forget: The Video Collection
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Red Shoes, Thumbelina, Happily N'Ever After + 50 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: West End, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Singer + 2 more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Transformers: Dark of the Moon + 58 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Commentator, Television director, Poet, Television producer, Novelist + 9 more
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Labyrinth, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Flying Circus + 40 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1265-1321)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Politician, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: Saint John of Las Vegas, L'Inferno, A TV Dante, Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic, Dante's Inferno + 6 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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
    • Credits: Cats, The Waste Land, Murder in the Cathedral
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