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Famous Poets from Germany

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 an Iranian German writer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1624-1677)
    • Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
    • Profession: Priest, Poet, Physician
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    Arno Holz

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    Arno Holz was a German naturalist poet and dramatist. He is best known for his poetry collection Phantasus. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1863-1929)
    • Birthplace: Kętrzyn, Poland
    • Profession: Poet
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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 in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 41 (1874-1915)
    • Birthplace: Münster, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Playwright
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1680-1747)
    • Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist
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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 his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 58 (1898-1956)
    • Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Poet, Librettist, Screenwriter, Lyricist + 2 more
    • Credits: Hangmen Also Die!, Mack the Knife, Galileo, To Whom Does the World Belong?, The Threepenny Opera + 13 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1920-1994)
    • Birthplace: Andernach, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Columnist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Barfly, Factotum, Crazy Love, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Son Of Satan + 21 more
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    Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist. more on Wikipedia
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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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    Emil Erich Kästner was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poems and for children's books including Emil and the Detectives. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1960 for his autobiography Als ich ein kleiner Junge ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1899-1974)
    • Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Parent Trap, The Parent Trap, Paradise for Three, Animals United, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen + 6 more
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    Eva Strittmatter

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    Eva Strittmatter was a German writer of poetry, prose, and children's literature. Her books of poems sold millions of copies, reportedly making her the most successful German poet of the second half of the 20th century. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1930-2011)
    • Birthplace: Neuruppin, Germany
    • Profession: Poet
    • Credits: Tinko
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    Ferdinand Avenarius was a lyric poet, a leading representative of the culture reform movement of his time and the first popularizer of Sylt. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1856-1923)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Poet
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    Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical influence on his seminary ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 73 (1770-1843)
    • Birthplace: Lauffen am Neckar, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist
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    Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1788-1866)
    • Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Translator, Writer
    • Credits: Of the Little Tree Which Wished for Different Leaves
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    Galsan Tschinag, born Irgit Shynykbai-oglu Dshurukuwaa is a Mongolian writer of novels, poems, and essays in the German language, though he hails from a Tuvan background. He is also often described as a Shaman, and is also a teacher and an actor. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia
    • Profession: Poet, Actor, Writer
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    Gustav Leutelt

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    Gustav Leutelt was a German Bohemian poet and writer. Most of his poetry concerned the area around his birthplace of Josefsthal causing him to be described as a "poet of the Jizera Mountains." more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1860-1947)
    • Birthplace: Josefův Důl, Czech Republic
    • Profession: Poet
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    Hans Carossa was a German novelist and poet, known mostly for his autobiographical novels, and his "innere Emigration" during the Nazi era. He was born in Bad Tölz, Bavaria and studied medicine, working as a field surgeon from 1916 to 1918. He was awarded the Swiss Gottfried Keller Prize in 1931, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1878-1956)
    • Birthplace: Bad Tölz, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist
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    Hans-Ulrich Treichel is a Germanist, novelist and poet. His earliest published books were collections of poetry, but prose writing has become a larger part of his output since the critical and commercial success of his first novel Der Verlorene. Treichel has also worked as an opera librettist, most ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Versmold, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Novelist
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    Heiner Müller was a German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. Described as "the theatre's greatest living poet" since Samuel Beckett, Müller is arguably the most important German dramatist of the 20th century after Bertolt Brecht. His "enigmatic, fragmentary pieces" are a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 66 (1929-1995)
    • Birthplace: Eppendorf, Saxony, Germany
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Poet, Dramaturge, Playwright
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    Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose are distinguished ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1797-1856)
    • Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Journalist, Essayist, Writer
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    Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1877-1962)
    • Birthplace: Calw, Germany
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: Siddhartha, Zachariah, Steppenwolf
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