List of Famous Poets People

List of Famous Poets

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List of famous poets, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top poets in the world? This includes the most prominent poets, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable poets is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic poets were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned poets.

Items here include everything from Bob Dylan to Paul McCartney.

From reputable, prominent, and well known poets to the lesser known poets of today, these are some of the best professionals in the poet field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous poets ever?" and "What are the names of famous poets?" then you're in the right place. (1871 items)


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    Alicia Keys
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    Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
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    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
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    James Franco
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    James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author, + more
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    Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
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    James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and performances, he is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
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    Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, released on February 28, 1995, ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
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    Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician who is currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, He is also known for his time with World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. Before gaining prominence in WWE, Hardy performed for the ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Wrestler, Musician, Singer-songwriter
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    Edgar Allan Poe
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    Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author, + more
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    John Denver
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    Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)
    • Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
    • Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
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    Elizabeth I of England
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    Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII by second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)
    • Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician
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    Dr. Seuss
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    Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. Geisel published 46 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1904-1991)
    • Birthplace: Area code 413, Springfield, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
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    Hans Christian Andersen
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    Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, or "fairy-tales" in English, express themes that ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1859-1930)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author, + more
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    Friedrich Nietzsche
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    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony. Nietzsche's key ideas include ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1844-1900)
    • Birthplace: Röcken, Germany
    • Profession: Cultural critic, Philologist, Poet, Composer, Philosopher
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    Dante Alighieri
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    Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. In ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1265-1321)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Florence, Southern Europe, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Politician, Novelist, Writer
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    John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, four Drama Desk Awards and was also nominated for ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Rochester
    • Profession: Poet, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Devon, Torbay, Eurasia, South West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
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    James Joyce
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    James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Rathgar, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Jack Kerouac
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    Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)
    • Birthplace: Middlesex County, United States of America, Lowell, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter
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    Buckminster Fuller
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    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetic. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1895-1983)
    • Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary, Inventor, Designer, + more
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