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The Best Spanish Language Poets of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 979 votes 210 voters 6.7k views

List RulesVote 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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  • Olga Elena Mattei26
    10
    16

    Olga Elena Mattei

  • María Negroni27
    4
    7

    María Negroni

    Age: 68
  • Nancy Morejón28
    4
    8
  • José Asunción Silva29
    6
    10

    José Asunción Silva

    Dec. at 31 (1865-1896)
  • Luis Valdez30
    4
    7
  • Miguel Piñero31
    2
    6

    Miguel Piñero

    Dec. at 42 (1946-1988)
  • Salomón de la Selva32
    2
    5

    Salomón de la Selva

    Dec. at 66 (1893-1959)
  • José Lezama Lima33
    6
    12

    José Lezama Lima

    Dec. at 66 (1910-1976)
  • Virgilio Piñera34
    2
    6

    Virgilio Piñera

    Dec. at 67 (1912-1979)
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    4
    10

    Leopoldo Marechal

    Dec. at 70 (1900-1970)
  • Roberto Fernández Retamar36
    2
    7

    Roberto Fernández Retamar

    Age: 89
  • Joaquín Gallegos Lara37
    2
    6

    Joaquín Gallegos Lara

  • Gonzalo Rojas38
    0
    8

    Gonzalo Rojas

    Dec. at 94 (1917-2011)