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Famous Poets from Canada

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List of notable or famous poets from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Canada and even some popular poets who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Canada is included when available.

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This historic poets from Canada list can help answer the questions "Who are some Canadian poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Canada?" These prominent poets of Canada may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Canadian poets.

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    Al Purdy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Alfred Wellington Purdy, OC OOnt was a 20th-century Canadian free verse poet. Purdy's writing career spanned fifty-six years. His works include thirty-nine books of poetry; a novel; two volumes of memoirs and four books of correspondence, in addition to his posthumous works. He has been called the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1918-2000)
    • Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Poet
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    Alan Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Edward Alan Sullivan was a Canadian poet and author of short stories. He is noted for his 1935 historical adventure novel The Great Divide, which depicts the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1868-1947)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Author
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    Alden Nowlan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Alden Albert Nowlan was a critically acclaimed Canadian poet, novelist, and playwright. more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1933-1983)
    • Birthplace: Stanley, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Playwright
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    Allison Hedge Coke

    Allison Hedge Coke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke was primarily raised in North Carolina with some time on the Great Plains & Canada. Her debut book, Dog Road Woman, won the American Book Award and was the first finalist of the Paterson Poetry Prize & Diane DeCora Award since then, she has written five more award winning books ...more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Anne Carson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics. Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980-1987. She was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow. and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur ...more

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    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Classicist, Poet, Professor, Writer
    • Credits: The Interview
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    Anne Compton is a Canadian poet, critic, and anthologist. more

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    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Critic
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    Anne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Anne Michaels is a Canadian poet and novelist. more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Fugitive Pieces
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    Anne Szumigalski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Canada
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    Anne Szumigalski, SOM was a Canadian poet. more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1922-1999)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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