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List Rules Vote up the greatest Spanish poets of all time. Poets who wrote in Spanish.

Who is the best Spanish poet? This list includes great poets who wrote in Spanish such as Frederico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Nerudo, Octavio Paz, and Jose Marti. Trom the Golden Age of Spanish poetry ("El Siglo de Oro"), through Romanticism, to the present day, Spanish poets have been dazzling readers for generations with their imagery and mastery of language.

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. It all begins with the written words. 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, over many generations and taught throughout school to young students.

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

Vote up the best Spanish language poets on the list below or add a great poet who wrote in Spanish but isn't already on the list.
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Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Federico García Lorca Died at 38 (1898-1936)

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Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Pablo Neruda Died at 69 (1904-1973)

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Rubén Darío is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Rubén Darío Died at 49 (1867-1916)

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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Died at 34 (1836-1870)

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César Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added César Vallejo Died at 46 (1892-1938)

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Octavio Paz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Octavio Paz Died at 84 (1914-1998)

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Juan Ramón Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Juan Ramón Jiménez Died at 77 (1881-1958)

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José Martí is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
José Martí Died at 42 (1853-1895)

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Rafael Alberti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Rafael Alberti Died at 97 (1902-1999)

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Olga Elena Mattei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Olga Elena Mattei

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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Gabriela Mistral Died at 68 (1889-1957)

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Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Antonio Machado Died at 64 (1875-1939)

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Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Mario Benedetti Died at 89 (1920-2009)

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José Lezama Lima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
José Lezama Lima Died at 66 (1910-1976)

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Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Sor Juana Died at 44 (1651-1695)

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Roberto Bolaño is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Roberto Bolaño Died at 50 (1953-2003)

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Leopoldo Marechal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Leopoldo Marechal Died at 70 (1900-1970)

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Vicente Huidobro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Vicente Huidobro Died at 55 (1893-1948)

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Roberto Fernández Retamar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Roberto Fernández Retamar age 87

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Gloria E. Anzaldúa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Gloria E. Anzaldúa Died at 62 (1942-2004)

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Ilan Stavans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Ilan Stavans age 56

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Julia de Burgos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Julia de Burgos Died at 39 (1914-1953)

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Rosario Castellanos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Rosario Castellanos Died at 49 (1925-1974)

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Ernesto Cardenal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time

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Enrique González Martínez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Enrique González Martínez Died at 81 (1871-1952)

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Luis Valdez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Luis Valdez age 77

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Salomón de la Selva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Salomón de la Selva Died at 66 (1893-1959)

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Virgilio Piñera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Virgilio Piñera Died at 67 (1912-1979)

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Joaquín Gallegos Lara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Joaquín Gallegos Lara

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Miguel Piñero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Miguel Piñero Died at 42 (1946-1988)

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Gonzalo Rojas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Gonzalo Rojas Died at 94 (1917-2011)

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José Asunción Silva is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
José Asunción Silva Died at 31 (1865-1896)

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Alma Flor Ada is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Alma Flor Ada age 77

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Francisco X. Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Andy Jones added Francisco X. Alarcón age 63 - Francisco X. Alarcon passed away on January 15, 2016. He was 61.

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María Negroni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
María Negroni age 66

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Nancy Morejón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time