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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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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The complete poems, The letters, Acts of Light: The World of Emily Dickinson
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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The Bell Jar, Ariel, The Collected Poems
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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Sister, Sister
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Sappho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Sappho, the poems and fragments, Woman from child (Sappho)
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Elizabeth Bishop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
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Edna St. Vincent Millay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Fatal interview, The murder of Lidice, The harp-weaver and other poems
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Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
شاعرة-يتبعها-الغاوون added Verwandlungen / Transformations, All My Pretty Ones, Live or Die
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Christina Rossetti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
What Is Pink?, The Skylark, From Queens' Gardens
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Sonnets from the Portuguese, Poems and Letters, New Poems by Robert Browning and elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Mary Oliver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Long Life: Essays And Other Writings, Why I Wake Early: New Poems, White Pine: Poems and Prose Poems
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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Wuthering Heights, Gondal poems, Poems by Currer
Her poetry is better than her sisters'.
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Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
In the Mecca; Poems, Annie Allen
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Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added The Cancer Journals, The Marvelous Arithmetic of Distance: Poems 1987-1992, Undersong: Chosen Poems Old and New
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Marianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
The Selected Letters of Marianne Moore, Homage to Henry James, Tell me
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Nikki Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Rosa, The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Cotton candy on a rainy day
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Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Anna Akhmatova, Selected Poems, Chetki
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Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Saboteur, A Star Is Born, A Star Is Born
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Phillis Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Poems of Phillis Wheatley, The collected works of Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects
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Adrienne Rich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added 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) 20 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Poesía, teatro y prosa, Los empeños de una casa =
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H.D. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Asphodel, Her, Red Roses for Bronze
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Sara Teasdale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Helen of Troy and Other Poems, Love Songs, Flame and Shadow
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Louise Glück is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
stubb added Averno, The Wild Iris, The Seven Ages
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Lucille Clifton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Good news about the earth, Good Woman: Poems and A Memoir, 1969-1980
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Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Poets of All Time
Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre