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The Best French Language Poets of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest French language poets. Poets who wrote in French.

Who is the best French poet? This list includes the greats of French poetrly, with poets such as Victor Hugo, Jean de la Fontaine, Louise Colet, and Phillippe Beck. The French language is one of the most beautiful languages used today and French poetry is especially beautiful. The poets on this list wrote in French and are the best in history.

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 is for this reason we often feel an emotional connection to poetry. 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 us as readers to dig deeper. The best of poems and poets are read throughout the ages, by many generations, 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 can often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow readers a new view on the world, which they never would have imagined. These greatest French language poets provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word that few can. Their work is moving, saddening, or romantic.

Vote up the best French language poets on the list below or add a French poet you think is the best if he or she is not already on the list.

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Les Fleurs du mal, 33 Poemas Simbolistas, Poems in prose from Charles Baudelaire
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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
A Season in Hell, Illuminations, Collected poems
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Victor Hugo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Les Misérables, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Odes et Ballades
4
Paul Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Sagesse, Selected poems, Poems
5
Guillaume Apollinaire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
L'hérésiarque et Cie, Les Onze Mille Verges ou les Amours d'un hospodar, Alcools
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Paul Valéry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
La Joven Parca, Charms and Other Pieces, Charmes
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Jacques Prévert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
RogerRamos added Children of Paradise, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Port of Shadows
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Philippe Beck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Philippe Beck Sleve guard hypocrite, Crude Marivaux
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François Villon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Œuvres, Die lasterhaften Balladen und Lieder, Le grant testament Villon et le petit Son codicille. Le jargon. Les balades
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Jean de La Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Après vous, M. de La Fontaine!, Fables Choisies
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Paul Éluard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Capitale de la douleur, 152 proverbes mis au gout du jour, Poesies
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Jules Laforgue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Choix de poésies, Patrick Caulfield, Poems of Jules Laforgue
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Francis Jammes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Le rosaire au soleil, Klára d'Ellébeuse, Le troisième livre des quatrains
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Joachim du Bellay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Les Deux Poaetes Francais, Les regrets, précédé de Les antiquités de Rome et suivi de La défense et illustration de la langue française
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André Chénier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Elegies and Camille
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Francis Ponge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
stubb added La table, Methodes, Entretiens de Francis Ponge avec Philippe Sollers
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Emile Verhaeren is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Sur James Ensor, Hugo et le romantisme, Ecrits sur l'art
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Léon Damas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Gabz29 added Léon Damas
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Léopold Sédar Senghor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Gabz29 added Le plan du décollage économique, ou, La participation responsable comme moteur du développement
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James Sacré is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
DomenicoWebb added James Sacré
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Aimé Césaire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
stubb added A Season in the Congo, Cahier d'un Retour au Pays Natal, Une Tempête
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Yves Bonnefoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti, Rome
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Emile Nellingan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
electrofab added Emile Nellingan
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Louise Colet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Lui, a view of him
25
Roger Vitrac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best French Language Poets of All Time
Roger Vitrac