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Poetry The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time  

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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
Died at 38 (1898-1936)

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36 16
Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 69 (1904-1973)

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25 9
Rubén Darío is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 49 (1867-1916)

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17 4
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 34 (1836-1870)

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13 2
César Vallejo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Died at 46 (1892-1938)

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20 9
Octavio Paz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 84 (1914-1998)

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11 2
Antonio Machado is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Died at 64 (1875-1939)

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14 6
Juan Ramón Jiménez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 77 (1881-1958)

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8 2
José Martí is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 42 (1853-1895)

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11 5
Rafael Alberti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 97 (1902-1999)

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9 5
Mario Benedetti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 89 (1920-2009)

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7 3
Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 68 (1889-1957)

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5 2
Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Died at 44 (1651-1695)

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12 10
Olga Elena Mattei is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Olga Elena Mattei

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3 2
José Lezama Lima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 66 (1910-1976)

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3 2
Roberto Bolaño is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 50 (1953-2003)

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2 1
Vicente Huidobro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
stubb added Died at 55 (1893-1948)

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2 1
Leopoldo Marechal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Mollevangsvagen added Leopoldo Marechal Died at 70 (1900-1970)

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1 1
Roberto Fernández Retamar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Roberto Fernández Retamar age 88

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4 5
Gloria E. Anzaldúa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 62 (1942-2004)

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4 5
Alma Flor Ada is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
age 77

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3 4
Ilan Stavans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
age 57

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3 4
Julia de Burgos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 39 (1914-1953)

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2 3
Rosario Castellanos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 49 (1925-1974)

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2 3
Ernesto Cardenal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time

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2 3
Enrique González Martínez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 81 (1871-1952)

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2 3
Luis Valdez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
age 78

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1 2
Salomón de la Selva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Salomón de la Selva Died at 66 (1893-1959)

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1 2
Virgilio Piñera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 67 (1912-1979)

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1 2
Joaquín Gallegos Lara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Joaquín Gallegos Lara

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0 1
Miguel Piñero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 42 (1946-1988)

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0 1
Gonzalo Rojas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Died at 94 (1917-2011)

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3 5
José Asunción Silva is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
José Asunción Silva Died at 31 (1865-1896)

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2 4
Francisco X. Alarcón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
Andy Jones added age 64 - Francisco X. Alarcon passed away on January 15, 2016. He was 61.

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2 4
María Negroni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time
María Negroni age 67

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1 4
Nancy Morejón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time