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Who are the best Indian poets? This list includes poets such as Sarojini Naidu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Dwijendra Lal Roy, and Dilip Kumar Roy. Indian poetry has an incredibly long and rich history, dating back to the Vedic period, from 1750-500 BCE. Indian poetry especially draws from diverse Indian spiritual traditions and mystical experiences.

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, passed from generation to generation and taught throughout school to young students.

Poets and their poetry have the ability to take readers places and into worlds they've never imagined. Poets can often be tortured souls or great thinkers who allow readers a new view on the world. These greatest Indian poets provide the kind of emotional connection to the written word that few can. Their work is moving, saddening, or romantic.

Vote up the greatest Indian poets on the list below, or add an Indian poet you think is great, if he or she isn't already on the list.

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Kabir is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Rabindranath Tagore Died at 80 (1861-1941)

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Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Sarojini Naidu Died at 70 (1879-1949)

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Swami Vivekananda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Swami Vivekananda Died at 39 (1863-1902)

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Mirabai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Mirabai

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Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Sri Chinmoy Died at 76 (1931-2007)

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Ramana Maharshi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Ramana Maharshi Died at 71 (1879-1950)

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Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Sri Aurobindo Died at 78 (1872-1950)

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A. K. Ramanujan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
A. K. Ramanujan Died at 64 (1929-1993)

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Nissim Ezekiel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Nissim Ezekiel Died at 80 (1924-2004)

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Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' Died at 65 (1896-1961)

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Kamala Suraiyya is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Kamala Suraiyya Died at 75 (1934-2009)

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Makhanlal Chaturvedi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Makhanlal Chaturvedi Died at 79 (1889-1968)

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Sumitranandan Pant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Sumitranandan Pant Died at 77 (1900-1977)

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Jayanta Mahapatra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana Died at 71 (1556-1627)

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Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Died at 66 (1908-1974)

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Vidyapati is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Vidyapati Died at 96 (1352-1448)

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Sukumar Ray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Sukumar Ray Died at 36 (1887-1923)

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Paramahansa Yogananda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Paramahansa Yogananda Died at 59 (1893-1952)

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Mahadevi Verma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Mahadevi Verma

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Bishnu Dey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Bishnu Dey Died at 73 (1909-1982)

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Gieve Patel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Gieve Patel age 71

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Premendra Mitra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Premendra Mitra Died at 84 (1904-1988)

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Jatindranath Sengupta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Jatindranath Sengupta Died at 67 (1887-1954)

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Dilipkumar Roy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dilipkumar Roy Died at 83 (1897-1980)

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Maithili Sharan Gupt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Maithili Sharan Gupt Died at 78 (1886-1964)

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Keki N. Daruwalla is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time

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Michael Madhusudan Dutt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Michael Madhusudan Dutt Died at 49 (1824-1873)

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Dwijendralal Roy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dwijendralal Roy

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A K Mehrortra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
A K Mehrortra

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Kamalakanta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Kamalakanta

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Jaishankar Prasad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Jaishankar Prasad Died at 48 (1889-1937)

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Harivanshrai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Harivanshrai Bachchan Died at 96 (1907-2003)