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Famous Poets from the Netherlands

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

This list includes Isabelle de Charrière, Simon Carmiggelt and more people.

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

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    Albert Verwey
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    Albert Verwey was a Dutch poet associated with the "Movement of Eighty". He was a Dutch poet, scholar, and literary historian who played an important role in the literary life of The Netherlands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Verwey began to write poetry early in life, and his first book of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1865-1937)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet
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    Bert Schierbeek
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    Lambertus Roelof Schierbeek was a Dutch writer. He won numerous awards throughout his career, amongst them the 1991 Constantijn Huygens Prize. During the German occupation, Schierbeek was part of the resistance movement; directly after the war, he published his first, still conventional novel that dealt ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1918-1996)
    • Birthplace: Glanerbrug, Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Lambertus Jacobus Johannes "Bertus" Aafjes was a Dutch poet whose work is marked by his devout Catholicism. He wrote a five-book series featuring Japanese samurai Ōoka Tadasuke. Aafjes was born in Amsterdam. He wrote poems on the resistance to the German occupation during the World War II. He died in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1914-1993)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland
    • Profession: Poet
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    Edgar du Perron
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    Charles Edgar du Perron, more commonly known as E. du Perron, was a famous and influential Dutch poet and author of Indo-European descent. Best known for his literary acclaimed master piece ‘Land van herkomst’ of 1935. Together with Menno ter Braak and Maurice Roelants he founded the short-lived, but ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1899-1940)
    • Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Author, Writer
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    Gerrit Komrij
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    Gerrit Jan Komrij was a Dutch poet, novelist, translator, critic, polemic journalist and playwright. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s writing poetry that sharply contrasted with the free-form poetry of his contemporaries. He acquired a reputation for his prose in the late 1970s, writing acerbic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1944-2012)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, European Netherlands, Winterswijk, Gelderland, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Translator, Playwright
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    Govert Bidloo
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    Govert Bidloo or Govard Bidloo was a Dutch Golden Age physician, anatomist, poet and playwright. He was the personal physician of William III of Orange-Nassau, Dutch stadholder and king of England. Bidloo was also a prolific and popular poet, opera librettist, and playwright. He wrote the libretto for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1649-1713)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Librettist, Physician, Playwright
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    Harrie Geelen
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    Harrie Geelen is Dutch illustrator, film director, animator, translator, writer and poet. Decorated to knight 2014 He studied Dutch in Amsterdam, where he met his wife Imme Dros, like himself a writer of Dutch children's literature. Geelen wrote several well known television programs, for children] and ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Heerlen, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Graphic Designer, Writer, Film Director
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    Huub Oosterhuis
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    Hubertus Gerardus Josephus Henricus Oosterhuis is a Dutch theologian and poet. He is mainly known for his contribution to Christian music and liturgy in the Dutch language, used in both Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, although a few songs have been censored in some dioceses. He is the author of ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland
    • Profession: Poet
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    Huub van der Lubbe is an actor, poet and singermore

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Actor, Singer
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    Isabelle de Charrière
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    Isabelle de Charrière, known as Belle van Zuylen in the Netherlands, née Isabella Agneta Elisabeth van Tuyll van Serooskerken, and [Madame] Isabelle de Charrière elsewhere, was a Dutch writer of the Enlightenment who lived the latter half of her life in Switzerland. She is now best known for her letters ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1740-1805)
    • Birthplace: Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
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    Hendrik Jan Marsman, better known by his pen name J. Bernlef, was a Dutch writer, lyricist, novelist and translator. He won numerous awards for his work, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize in 1984 and the P. C. Hooft Award in 1994. His book Hersenschimmen features on NRC's list of Best Dutch ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1937-2012)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, European Netherlands, Langedijk, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland
    • Profession: Poet
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    Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, who published as J. Slauerhoff, was a Dutch poet and novelist. He is considered one of the most important Dutch language writers.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1898-1936)
    • Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Physician, Writer
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    J.C. Bloem
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    Jakobus Cornelis Bloem was a Dutch poet and essayist. Between 1921 and 1958 he published fourteen volumes of poetry. In 1949 he won the Constantijn Huygensprijs, one of the country's highest literary awards, and in 1952 the P. C. Hooft Award for his literary oeuvre. In 1965, in rapidly declining health, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1887-1966)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Oudshoorn, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Essayist
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    Jaap Meijer

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    • Birthplace: Winschoten, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Historian
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    Jacob Cats
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    Jacob Cats was a Dutch poet, humorist, jurist and politician. He is most famous for his emblem books.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1577-1660)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, South Holland, The Hague, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Writer
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    Jacobus Marinus Hamelink, better known as Jacques Hamelink, is a Dutch poet, novelist, and literary critic, who is best known for his early short story collections such as Het plantaardig bewind en De rudimentaire mens. Later on in his career he gradually abandoned his pessimistic prose and chose to ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Zeeland, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Driewegen, + more
    • Profession: Poet
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    Josephus Carel Franciscus Last was a Dutch poet and writer. Jef Last was a writer and socially compassionate man. He had a Catholic background. However, he was very young member of the SDAP and the "AJC". These principles, he could not practice as an assistant manager of the Enka in Ede, and eventually ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1898-1972)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, South Holland, The Hague, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Jeremias de Dekker
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    Jeremias de Dekker or Decker was a Dutch poet. Dekker was born in Dordrecht. His father was a native of Antwerp, who, having embraced the reformed religion, had been compelled to take refuge in the Netherlands. Entering his father's business at an early age, Jeremias found leisure to cultivate his taste ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1610-1666)
    • Birthplace: Holland, Netherlands, South Holland, Dordrecht, European Netherlands, + more
    • Profession: Poet
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    Jérôme Reehuis is an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1939-2013)
    • Birthplace: Apeldoorn, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Actor
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    Louis Ferron was a Dutch novelist and poet.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1942-2005)
    • Birthplace: Leiden, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Translator
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