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Who are the best female poets? This list includes great female poets such as Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson. The women on this list have all changed poetry in their own way and left their mark on the genre. Women have been writing poetry through many eras and generations, but the poets on this list are the best.

Written works have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories 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. The best poems and poets are read throughout the ages. They are passed from generation to generation and taught throughout schools to young students.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow readers a new view on the world. These greatest women poets provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word that few can.

Vote up the best woman poets on the list below, or add the women poets you think are the top if they aren't already on the list.
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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Emily Dickinson The complete poems, The letters, Acts of Light: The World of Emily Dickinson

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Sister, Sister

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51 16
Sappho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Sappho Sappho, the poems and fragments, Woman from child (Sappho)

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57 24
Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar, Ariel, The Collected Poems

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33 13
Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters

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26 10
Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Anne Sexton Verwandlungen / Transformations, All My Pretty Ones, Live or Die

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Sonnets from the Portuguese, Poems and Letters, New Poems by Robert Browning and elizabeth Barrett Browning

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24 14
Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Edna St. Vincent Millay Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, The harp-weaver and other poems

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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights, Gondal poems, Poems by Currer - Her poetry is better than her sisters'.

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Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre

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Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Anna Akhmatova Anna Akhmatova, Selected Poems, Chetki

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20 14
Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Dorothy Parker Saboteur, A Star Is Born, A Star Is Born

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Christina Rossetti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Christina Rossetti What Is Pink?, The Skylark, From Queens' Gardens

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18 14
Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Gwendolyn Brooks In the Mecca; Poems, Annie Allen

The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Nikki Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Nikki Giovanni Rosa, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Cotton candy on a rainy day

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Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Audre Lorde The Cancer Journals, The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance: Poems 1987-1992, Undersong: Chosen Poems Old and New

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13 10
Marianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Marianne Moore The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore, Homage to Henry James, Tell me

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H.D. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
H.D. Asphodel, Her, Red Roses for Bronze

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Phillis Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Phillis Wheatley Poems of Phillis Wheatley, The collected works of Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects

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14 9
Lucille Clifton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Lucille Clifton Good news about the earth, Good Woman: Poems and A Memoir, 1969-1980

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11 9
Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Mary Oliver Long Life: Essays And Other Writings, Why I Wake Early: New Poems, White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems

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8 6
Alice Fulton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Alice Fulton Felt, Palladium, Sensual Math

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10 8
Margaret Atwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace - She's written a very significant body of excellent poetry.

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9 7
Louise Bogan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Louise Bogan Dark summer, Collected Poems, 1923-1953

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8 6
Thylias Moss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Thylias Moss Slave moth, Tale of a sky-blue dress, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler

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9 7
Denise Levertov is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Denise Levertov Collection of serials with contributions by or articles about Denise Levertov, Seth Thomas, Breathing the Water

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7 5
Louise Glück is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Louise Glück Averno, The Wild Iris, The Seven Ages

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11 10
Sara Teasdale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Sara Teasdale Helen of Troy and Other Poems, Love Songs, Flame and Shadow

The Greatest Black Female Poets

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Anne Brontë is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Anne Brontë The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters

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8 8
Amy Lowell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
looksharp added Amy Lowell Six French poets, Ballads for sale, A critical fable

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8 8
Adrienne Rich is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Adrienne Rich Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972, An Atlas of the Difficult World, Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998

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Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Sor Juana Poesía, teatro y prosa, Los empeños de una casa =

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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Gabriela Mistral Lagar II, Selected prose and prose-poems, Producción de Gabriela Mistral de 1912 a 1918

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Hedwig Gorski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time

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Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Anaïs Nin Delta of Venus, Incest: From a Journal of Love, Henry and June

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Nawal El Saadawi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Nawal El Saadawi Memoirs from the women's prison, Death of an ex-minister, Memoirs of a woman doctor

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6 8
Katherine Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Katherine Mansfield The Garden Party, Something Childish But Very Natural, Prelude

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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Marina Tsvetaeva Izbrannai͡a︡ proza v dvukh tomakh, Za vsekh-protivu vsekh!, The Poem of the End

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7 7
Elinor Wylie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Elinor Wylie The novels of Elinor Wylie, The Venetian Glass Nephew, The orphan angel

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1 3
Nazik Al-Malaika is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Nazik Al-Malaika

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Ghada al-Samman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Ghada Al Saman Beirut '75, Zamn AL Hob Al Akhr, Sofart Inzar Dakhel Raasy

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Marge Piercy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Marge Piercy City of Darkness, City of Light, Woman on the Edge of Time

The Best Ever Female Sci-Fi Authors

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Anne Bradstreet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Anne Bradstreet The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, Early New England Meditative Poetry, works of Anne Bradstreet in prose and verse

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Alice Walker The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Temple of My Familiar

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Julia Ward Howe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Julia Ward Howe From the oak to the olive, The Hermaphrodite, Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)

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Fanny Howe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Fanny Howe Angria, The wedding dress, (Sic)

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Laura Riding is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
looksharp added Laura Riding The Failure of Poetry, The Promise of Language, Rational meaning

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Petya Dubarova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Antikythera added Petya Dubarova Lyastovitsa. Stihove i Razkazi, Az i Moreto

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6 7
Ingeborg Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Ingeborg Bachmann Die Hörspiele, Das Buch Franza, Three paths to the lake

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Rosanna Warren is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
looksharp added Rosanna Warren Stained Glass: Poems, Fables of the self, Each leaf shines separate