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Who is the best Jewish Poet?” This list includes the greatest Jewish poets such as Emma Lazarus, Allen Ginsberg, David Berman, and Paul Celan. Some of the Jewish poets on this list have written poems that have been read by many generations. Jewish poetry comes from many different time periods as well.

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 school 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 Jewish 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 Jewish poets below or add a Jewish poet who is truly great, but isn't already on the list.
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Yehuda Amichai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Yehuda Amichai Died at 76 (1924-2000)

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Paul Celan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Paul Celan Died at 50 (1920-1970)

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Allen Ginsberg Died at 71 (1926-1997)

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Hyam Plutzik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Hyam Plutzik Died at 51 (1911-1962)

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Philip Levine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Philip Levine age 89

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Louise Glück is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Louise Glück age 74

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Emma Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Emma Lazarus Died at 38 (1849-1887)

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Stanley Kunitz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Stanley Kunitz Died at 101 (1905-2006)

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Primo Levi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Primo Levi Died at 68 (1919-1987)

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Denise Levertov is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Denise Levertov Died at 74 (1923-1997)

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Rodger Kamenetz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time

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Celia Dropkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Celia Dropkin Died at 69 (1887-1956)

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Maxine Kumin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Maxine Kumin Died at 89 (1925-2014)

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Jorie Graham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Jorie Graham age 67

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Isaac Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Isaac Rosenberg Died at 28 (1890-1918)

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5 4
Siegfried Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Siegfried Sassoon Died at 81 (1886-1967)

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5 4
David Berman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
David Berman age 50

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Shmuel Plavnik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Shmuel Plavnik

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Erez Biton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Erez Biton age 75

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Kenneth Koch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Kenneth Koch Died at 77 (1925-2002)

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Chester Kallman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Chester Kallman Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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Alter Esselin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Alter Esselin Died at 85 (1889-1974)

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Kurt Tucholsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Kurt Tucholsky Died at 45 (1890-1935)

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Nathan Alterman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Nathan Alterman Died at 60 (1910-1970)

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Howard Nemerov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Howard Nemerov Died at 71 (1920-1991)

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Karl Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Karl Shapiro Died at 87 (1913-2000)

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Julian Tuwim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Julian Tuwim Died at 59 (1894-1953)

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Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Anthony Hecht Died at 81 (1923-2004)

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Oscar Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Oscar Williams Died at 64 (1900-1964)

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Richard Howard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time

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Richard Michelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Richard Michelson age 64

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Richard Chess is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Richard Chess age 64

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Charles Reznikoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
bernstei added Charles Reznikoff Died at 82 (1894-1976)

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Louis Zukofsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
bernstei added Louis Zukofsky Died at 74 (1904-1978)

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Shimon Adaf is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Shimon Adaf age 45

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Seth Abramson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Seth Abramson age 41

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Charles Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time