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List of Famous Poets

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. (1872 items)

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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Smokin' Aces, The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, America: A Tribute to Heroes + 2 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)
    • Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Cleopatra, National Velvet, The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Giant + 66 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Author + 3 more
    • Credits: Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, Freaks and Geeks + 97 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician + 8 more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous + 12 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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 4 more
    • Credits: Love Her Madly, Lion’s Love, HWY: An American Pastoral, Feast of Friends, Induction + 1 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Payson, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Ride with the Devil, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, The Sing-Off, Nashville Star, Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race + 9 more
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    Aubrey Drake Graham, who records under the mononym Drake, is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor, Composer + 2 more
    • Credits: Ice Age: Continental Drift, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Breakaway + 2 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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Cameron, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Poet, Wrestler, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Credits: WWE SmackDown, WWE Superstars, Impact Wrestling, WWE: Royal Rumble 2007, WWE: SummerSlam 2009 + 18 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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 + 1 more
    • Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven + 66 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)
    • Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter + 8 more
    • Credits: Oh, God!, Mickey's Christmas Carol, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Take Me Home: The John Denver Story + 17 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)
    • Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Politician
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 87 (1904-1991)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Illustrator, Poet, Songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat + 35 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Red Shoes, Thumbelina, Happily N'Ever After + 50 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1859-1930)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter, Author + 2 more
    • Credits: Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Lost World, The Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes + 52 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1844-1900)
    • Birthplace: Röcken, Germany
    • Profession: Cultural critic, Philologist, Poet, Composer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The Divine Comedy, Die Nacht, Road to Rio, Carbon Elvis, Thus Spake Zarathustra
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 56 (1265-1321)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Profession: Statesman, Poet, Politician, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: Saint John of Las Vegas, L'Inferno, A TV Dante, Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic, Dante's Inferno + 6 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Dexter, Shrek, Footloose, Terms of Endearment, Rise of the Planet of the Apes + 81 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians + 43 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1882-1941)
    • Birthplace: Rathgar, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Dead, Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Passages from Finnegan’s Wake, Bloom
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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 on Wikipedia
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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, Kerouac, Pull My Daisy, Couch
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