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The Best Female Poets of All Time  

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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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Katherine Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The Garden Party, Something Childish But Very Natural, Prelude
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Margaret Atwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace
She's written a very significant body of excellent poetry.
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Thylias Moss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Slave moth, Tale of a sky-blue dress, Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler
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Denise Levertov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Collection of serials with contributions by or articles about Denise Levertov, Seth Thomas, Breathing the Water
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Anaïs Nin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Delta of Venus, Incest: From a Journal of Love, Henry and June
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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Lagar II, Selected prose and prose-poems, Producción de Gabriela Mistral de 1912 a 1918
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Louise Bogan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Dark summer, Collected Poems, 1923-1953
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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The Color Purple, Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Temple of My Familiar
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Anne Brontë is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters
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Amy Lowell is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Marina Tsvetaeva is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Izbrannai͡a︡ proza v dvukh tomakh, Za vsekh-protivu vsekh!, The Poem of the End
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Hedwig Gorski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
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Elinor Wylie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The novels of Elinor Wylie, The Venetian Glass Nephew, The orphan angel
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Nawal El Saadawi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Memoirs from the women's prison, Death of an ex-minister, Memoirs of a woman doctor
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Alice Fulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Felt, Palladium, Sensual Math
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Marge Piercy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added City of Darkness, City of Light, Woman on the Edge of Time
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Rosanna Warren is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
looksharp added Stained Glass: Poems, Fables of the self, Each leaf shines separate
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Anne Bradstreet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
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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Ingeborg Bachmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Die Hörspiele, Das Buch Franza, Three paths to the lake
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Louise Labé is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Les sonnets. The sonnets, Sonnets, Œuvres poétiques
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Fanny Howe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Angria, The wedding dress, (Sic)
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Petya Dubarova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Antikythera added Lyastovitsa. Stihove i Razkazi, Az i Moreto
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Emma Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Alide, The New Colossus, A day in Surrey with William Morris
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Julia Ward Howe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
From the oak to the olive, The Hermaphrodite, Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)
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Wisława Szymborska is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
SebastianDarmach added View with a Grain of Sand, Non-required Reading, That's Why We Are Alive