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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.

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?"
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous 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 ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer Television director, + more

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist Musician, + more

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 ...more

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Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Profession: Painter, Poet, Musician, Film Producer Author, + more

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 ...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 Wilde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 ...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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Male Poets
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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 BarĂ¢t in 1997. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: North East England, Eurasia, Hexham, United Kingdom Northumberland, + more

Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

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