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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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: Winterswijk, Netherlands
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Translator, Playwright
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    Govert Bidloo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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: 76
    • Birthplace: Heerlen, Netherlands, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Limburg
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Graphic Designer, Writer, Film Director
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    Huub Oosterhuis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from the Netherlands
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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: 82
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland
    • Profession: Poet
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