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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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66 20
Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1861-1941)
2
50 12
Swami Vivekananda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1863-1902)
3
49 17
Sarojini Naidu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 70 (1879-1949)
4
42 15
Kabir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
5
26 9
Mirabai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Mirabai
6
15 5
A. K. Ramanujan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993)
7
21 11
Sri Aurobindo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 78 (1872-1950)
8
16 7
Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1896-1961)
9
9 2
Sumitranandan Pant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1900-1977)
10
9 2
Makhanlal Chaturvedi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)
11
13 6
Sri Chinmoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007)
12
8 2
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1556-1627)
13
12 6
Nissim Ezekiel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)
14
14 8
Kamala Suraiyya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1934-2009)
15
9 4
Michael Madhusudan Dutt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 49 (1824-1873)
16
9 4
Sukumar Ray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 36 (1887-1923)
17
12 7
Ramana Maharshi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1879-1950)
18
10 6
Ramdhari Singh Dinkar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1908-1974)
19
10 6
Jayanta Mahapatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
20
7 3
Dwijendralal Roy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dwijendralal Roy
21
7 3
Vidyapati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Vidyapati Dec. at 96 (1352-1448)
22
6 2
Dilipkumar Roy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1897-1980)
23
11 8
Paramahansa Yogananda is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1893-1952)
24
6 3
Jatindranath Sengupta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Jatindranath Sengupta Dec. at 67 (1887-1954)
25
6 3
Bishnu Dey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indian Poets of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1909-1982)