Poetry The Best English Poets of All Time  

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Who is the best English poet? This list includes the greats, poets such as Rudyard Kipling, John Keats, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William Shakespeare. From the Renaissance, to the Jacobean era, to the Restoration, to the modern day, great English poets have been making readers think across the ages.

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we read on the page. It all begins with the words written on the page. Whether short or long form, poetry is often illusory, and full of rich imagery or hidden meaning. It is these elements which provoke readers to dig deeper and make poetry so engaging and moving.

The best of poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are read from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students. Poets and their poetry have the ability to take us places and into the lives of those we’ve never imagined. Poets are often tortured souls or great thinkers who show readers a new view of the world they never would have imagined.

These greatest English poets provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word that few can. Vote up the absolute best English poets on the list below, or add a famous poet from England who is truly great, but isn't already on the list.

 

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?, My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun, All the World's a Stage

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380 135
William Wordsworth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added I wandered lonely as a cloud, The world is too much with us, Daffodils

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370 143
John Milton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Paradise Lost, On His Blindness, How Soon Hath Time

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396 163
John Keats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Bright Star, Ode on a Grecian Urn, A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)

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229 97
John Donne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added Dead Be Not Proud, For whom the Bell Tolls, No Man Is an Island

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204 85
William Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
The Tiger, A Poison Tree, Auguries of Innocence

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189 80
Percy Bysshe Shelley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark

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145 58
Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Mandalay, If, A Child's Garden

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197 88
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

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148 66
Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
The Canterbury Tales

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102 39
Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added Ode to Solitude, Eloisa to Abelard, A Dying Christian to His Soul

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130 57
Samuel Taylor Coleridge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, The Suicide's Argument

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98 37
George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
She Walks In Beauty, There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods, When We Two

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116 50
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Ten... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
The Charge of the Light Brigade, Idylls of the King, The Lady of Shalott

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72 22
Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
A prospect of the sea, Under Milk Wood, Under Milk Wood

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118 51
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Her Voice, A Vision, Flower of Love

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77 29
Edmund Spenser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
The Faerie Queene, My Love Is Like to Ice, Epithalamion

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93 40
Robert Browning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
My Last Duchess, A Woman's Last Word, Life in a Love

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57 17
Andrew Marvell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added To His Coy Mistress, A Dialogue Between the Soul and Body, Eyes and Tears ...

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74 30
W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Funeral Blues, If I Could Tell You, Cocaine Lil and Morphine Sue

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76 29
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Wuthering Heights, Gondal poems, Poems by Currer

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67 27
Gerard Manley Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
The Alchemist in the City, God's Grandeur, The Windhover

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79 33
Robert Burns is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Auld Lang Syne, A Red Red Rose, My Heart's In the Highlands

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59 21
Christina Rossetti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
looksharp added What Is Pink?, The Skylark, From Queens' Gardens

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47 15
Wilfred Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Poets of All Time
Poems of Wilfred Owen, Automotive transportation, Disabled and other poems