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

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

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Alexios Schandermani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Alexios Schandermani is an Iranian German writer. ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Profession: Poet, Writer

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Angelus Silesius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Angelus Silesius or Johann Angelus Silesius was a German Catholic priest and physician, known as a mystic and religious poet. Born and raised a Lutheran, he adopted the name Angelus and the surname Silesius on converting to Catholicism in 1653. While studying in the Netherlands, he began to read the ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1624-1677)

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Profession: Priest, Poet, Physician

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Arno Holz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Arno Holz was a German naturalist poet and dramatist. He is best known for his poetry collection Phantasus. ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1863-1929)

Birthplace: Kętrzyn, Poland

Profession: Poet

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August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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August Stramm was a German poet and playwright who is considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in action during World War I. He worked in the German Post Office Ministry as a young man and served his mandatory year of duty in the German Army ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1874-1915)

Birthplace: Münster, Germany

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Playwright

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Barthold Heinrich Brockes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Barthold Heinrich Brockes was a German poet. He was born in Hamburg and educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. He studied jurisprudence at Halle, and after extensive travels in Italy, France and the Netherlands, settled in Hamburg in 1704. In 1720 he was appointed a member of the Hamburg ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1680-1747)

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Profession: Poet, Librettist

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Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter through the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble – the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1898-1956)

Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany

Profession: Theatre Director, Poet, Librettist, Screenwriter Lyricist, + more

Credits: Hangmen Also Die!, Mack the Knife, Galileo, To Whom Does the World Belong? The Threepenny Opera, + more

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#19 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. His work addresses the ordinary lives of rich Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1920-1994)

Birthplace: Andernach, Germany

Profession: Poet, Columnist, Novelist, Author Writer

Credits: Barfly, Factotum, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love

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#38 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#34 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#45 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#18 on The Best American Poets

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Christian Friedrich Hebbel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
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Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist. ...more

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Age: Died at 50 (1813-1863)

Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany

Profession: Poet, Playwright

Credits: Head of a Tyrant

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