TRENDING 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. (1851 items)
Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Poets
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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1885-1972)

Birthplace: Hailey, Idaho, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Writer

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#44 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#44 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#12 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

#5 on The Best American Poets

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Poets
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Homerus, best known as his anglicised name Homer, is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author of the first known literature of Europe, he had a lasting effect on the Western canon. Whether and when he ...more

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Birthplace: Greece

Profession: Poet, Author, Writer

Credits: Troy, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Odyssey Ulysses 31

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#5 on The Best Writers of All Time

#39 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#2 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#94 on The Best Fantasy Authors

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Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Poets
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter

Credits: On the Road, Big Sur, Pull My Daisy, Kerouac the Movie

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#70 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#82 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#90 on The Best American Poets

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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Poets
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John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by ...more

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Age: Died at 26 (1795-1821)

Birthplace: Moorgate, London, England

Profession: Poet, Physician

Credits: Arterial

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#11 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#4 on The Best English Poets of All Time

#3 on The Best Romantic Era Poets

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Poets
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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: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist Author, + more

Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death The Raven, + more

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#2 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#6 on The Best Writers of All Time

#1 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#47 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Poets
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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: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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#16 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#93 on The Best Writers of All Time

#52 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#76 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Poets
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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

Credits: Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia/2000, The Red Shoes

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#31 on The Best Writers of All Time

#62 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#38 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#2 on The Best Romantic Era Poets

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James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Poets
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James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (1924-1987)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Poet, Novelist, Essayist Writer, + more

Credits: Go Tell It on the Mountain

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#3 on The Best Gay Authors

#11 on History's Greatest Essayists

#4 on The Best African American Poets of All Time

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