Poets The Best Jewish Poets of All Time  

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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
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
Died at 50 (1920-1970)

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Hyam Plutzik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Hyam Plutzik Died at 51 (1911-1962)

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Louise Glück is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
age 75

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10 4
Philip Levine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
age 90

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Primo Levi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 68 (1919-1987)

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 71 (1926-1997)

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Emma Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 38 (1849-1887)

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Stanley Kunitz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 101 (1905-2006)

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6 4
Siegfried Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 81 (1886-1967)

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6 4
Denise Levertov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 74 (1923-1997)

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

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Isaac Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 28 (1890-1918)

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Jorie Graham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
age 68

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Rodger Kamenetz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time

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Maxine Kumin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 89 (1925-2014)

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Ze'ev Jabotinsky is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Bruno Moreira added Died at 60 (1880-1940)

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5 4
Nathan Alterman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 60 (1910-1970)

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5 4
David Berman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
age 51

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4 3
Howard Nemerov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 71 (1920-1991)

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3 2
Shmuel Plavnik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Shmuel Plavnik

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Kenneth Koch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 77 (1925-2002)

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Chester Kallman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 54 (1921-1975)

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2 1
Alter Esselin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Alter Esselin Died at 85 (1889-1974)

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Sharon Lampert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
iPublishUGlobal100%ROYALTIESPUBLISH30DAYS added Sharon Lampert

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Sharon Esther Lampert is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
iPublishUGlobal100%ROYALTIESPUBLISH30DAYS added Sharon Esther Lampert

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September 11, 2001 World Trade... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
iPublishUGlobal100%ROYALTIESPUBLISH30DAYS added September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Annual Memorial Poetry Reading Link: “Spiraling Downward, Upward We Stand United” URL: http://bit.ly/1BfIcms

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Kurt Tucholsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 45 (1890-1935)

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3 3
Erez Biton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Erez Biton age 76

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3 3
Karl Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 87 (1913-2000)

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2 2
Richard Howard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time

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2 2
Oscar Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 64 (1900-1964)

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2 2
Anthony Hecht is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 81 (1923-2004)

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1 1
Richard Chess is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Richard Chess age 65

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1 1
Richard Michelson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Richard Michelson age 65

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Louis Zukofsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
bernstei added Died at 74 (1904-1978)

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Charles Reznikoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
bernstei added Died at 82 (1894-1976)

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3 4
Charles Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time

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2 3
Julian Tuwim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Died at 59 (1894-1953)

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9 11
Shimon Adaf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Shimon Adaf age 46

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4 6
Seth Abramson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jewish Poets of All Time
Seth Abramson age 42