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Famous Poets from Ukraine

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

People here include everything from Yevgeniy Yevtushenko to Oksana Zabuzhko.

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

Use this list of renowned Ukrainian poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (15 items)


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    Amvrosii Metlynsky was a Ukrainian poet, ethnographer, and professor, and publisher. Metlynsky was a professor of Russian Literature at Kharkiv University from 1843–49, and again from 1854–58. From 1849–54 he was a professor at Kiev University. During the 1830s, the city of Kharkiv became the center of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1814-1870)
    • Birthplace: Poltava Oblast, Ukraine
    • Profession: Publisher, Poet, Professor
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    Anatoly Fedorovich Kasheida was a Soviet writer, poet, journalist of Ukrainian descent. In 1947, graduated from Baku naval preparatory school, then studied at the Higher Naval College named Mikhail Frunze. In 1958, was dismissed in stock. Then he studied at the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1928-1998)
    • Birthplace: Talne, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist
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    Ihor Pavlyuk is a Ukrainian writer and research worker. He is a Winner of a 2013 English PEN Award and a Doctor of Social Communication. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Rozhysche Raion, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Essayist
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    Ivan Drach is a Ukrainian poet, screenwriter, literary critic, politician, and political activist. Drach played an important role in the founding of Rukh – the People's Movement of Ukraine – and led the organisation from 1989 to 1992. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Telizhyntsi, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Screenwriter
    • Credits: A Spring for the Thirsty, Propala Hramota
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    Ivan Petrovych Kotliarevskyi, was a Ukrainian writer, poet and playwright, social activist, regarded as the pioneer of modern Ukrainian literature. Kotlyarevsky was a veteran of the Russo-Turkish War. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1769-1838)
    • Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Playwright
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    Liudmyla Skurda is a well-known Ukrainian poet, scholar, literary critic, specialist in literature, culture expert, translator. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Kirovohrad, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic
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    Lyubov Sirota is a Ukrainian poet, writer, playwright, journalist and translator. As a former inhabitant of the city of Pripyat and an eyewitness of the Chernobyl disaster, she has devoted a great part of her creative output to the 1986 catastrophe. She writes in both Ukrainian and Russian, and also ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Kazakhstan
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Translator, Writer, Playwright
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    Mykhailo Yalovy

    Mykhailo Yalovy was a Ukrainian communist poet-futurist, prosaic, drama writer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 42 (1895-1937)
    • Birthplace: Poltava Governorate
    • Profession: Poet, Playwright
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    Oksana Stefanivna Zabuzhko is a contemporary Ukrainian poet, writer and essayist. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Lutsk, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Olexiy Yurin

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    Olexiy Yevgenovych Yurin is a Ukrainian poet, pedagogue and interpreter. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Cherkasy, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet
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    Vasyl Semenovych Stus was a Ukrainian poet and publicist, one of the most active members of Ukrainian dissident movement. For his political convictions, his works were banned by the Soviet regime and he spent 23 years in detention. On November 26, 2005 he was posthumously given the title Hero of Ukraine ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 47 (1938-1985)
    • Birthplace: Haisyn Raion
    • Profession: Poet, Translator, Publicist
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    Volodymyr Mykhailovych Ivasyuk or Volodymyr Ivasiuk was a very popular Ukrainian songwriter, composer and poet. He is the author and composer of the widely popular song "Chervona Ruta" popularized by Sofia Rotaru in 1971, and later covered by other singers. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1949-1979)
    • Birthplace: Kitsman, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Composer
    • Credits: Chervona Ruta
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    Volodymyr Sosyura was a Ukrainian lyric poet, writer, veteran of the Russian Civil War. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1898-1965)
    • Birthplace: Debaltseve, Ukraine
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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    Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko is a Soviet and Russian poet. He is also a novelist, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor, and editor, and a director of several films. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Zima, Russia
    • Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Actor, Film Director + 1 more
    • Credits: I am Cuba, Takeoff, Pokhorony Stalina, Pesnya vsegda s nami
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    Yevhen Hrebinka

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    Yevhen Pavlovych Hrebinka or Evgeny Pavlovich Grebyonka was a Ukrainian romantic writer and poet. He wrote in both the Ukrainian and Russian languages. His works first started being published in 1831. In 1834 he published "Little Russian Fables" in Moscow which, because of its vivid and pure language, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1812-1848)
    • Birthplace: Russian Empire
    • Profession: Poet, Writer
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