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List of notable or famous poets from France, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in France and even some popular poets who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French 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 France is included when available.

Famous French writers of poems on this list include Adam de la Ralle and Arthur Rimbaud.

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

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Adam de la Halle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Adam de la Halle, also known as Adam le Bossu was a French-born trouvère, poet and musician, whose literary and musical works include chansons and jeux-partis in the style of the trouveres, polyphonic rondel and motets in the style of early liturgical polyphony, and a musical play, "Jeu de Robin et ...more

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Birthplace: Arras, France

Profession: Poet, Composer

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#9 on The Best Medieval Composers, Ranked

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Adélaïde Dufrénoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Adélaïde-Gillette Dufrénoy was a French poet and painter from Brittany. The daughter of Jacques Billet, a jeweller for the Crown of Poland, she had a lavish education and learnt Latin to a proficient enough level that she was able to translate the works of Horace and Virgil. A M. Laya would later ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1765-1825)

Birthplace: Nantes, France

Profession: Painter, Poet, Translator

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Aimé Césaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Aimé Fernand David Césaire was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from Martinique. He was "one of the founders of the négritude movement in Francophone literature". He wrote such works as A Tempest, a response to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and Discourse on Colonialism, an ...more

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Age: Died at 95 (1913-2008)

Birthplace: Basse-Pointe, Martinique

Profession: Poet, Politician

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#27 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

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Alexandre Soumet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Alexandre Soumet was a French poet. ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1788-1845)

Birthplace: France

Profession: Poet, Librettist

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Alfred de Musset is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle from 1836. ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1810-1857)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Physician, Writer Playwright

Credits: The Student of Prague, Confession of a Child of the Century, Never Say... Never!

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Alphonse Daudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist. He was the father of writers Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet. ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1840-1897)

Birthplace: Nîmes, France

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Inspiration, The Eternal Sapho, Las Aventuras de Jack, La Mujer sin Alma The Leopard, + more

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#56 on The Best Catholic Authors

#30 on The Best French Authors

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Alphonse de Lamartine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, chevalier de Pratz, was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France. ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1790-1869)

Birthplace: Mâcon, France

Profession: Poet, Politician, Writer

Credits: Graziella, Chi è senza peccato

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#31 on The Best Romantic Era Poets

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Anatole France is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from France
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Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1844-1924)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Credits: Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg, Chasing Yesterday, Juggler of Notre Dame, Twilight Chasing Yesterday

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#45 on The Best French Authors

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