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List Rules A comprehensive list of male and female bisexual poets.

Poetry is often said to be "the food of love," since it can express deep feelings of love, passion, and heartache. Maybe that's why literary fans are fascinated by the personal lives of notable poets. A number of wordsmiths, both male and female, were bisexual. Some poets who are bisexual were open about their relationships with men and women while other bisexual poets never spoke about their same-sex affairs. Many of the most famous bisexual poets often incorporated LGBTQ issues into their works.

Who will you find on this list of bisexual poets? Oscar Wilde appears near the top. The poet, novelist, and legendary wit was married to Constance Mary Lloyd from 1984-1998. He was known to have male lovers throughout his adult life as well, and spent two years in prison for sodomy.

Renowned author Alice Walker refuses sexual labels. She said, "I'm curious. I'm open to the spirit of a person whether that's a man or a woman or whoever, that's not what's important to me. What's important is the spirit." She was in a relationship with musician Tracy Chapman. Other writers featured on this bisexual poets list include Herman Melville, Sapphire, and Stephen Spender.

Are you surprised that so many famous poets are bisexual? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets You Didn't Know Were Bisexual
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Walt Whitman reportedly had several same-sex affairs. He would often refer to his lovers by initials in his notebooks.

Age: Died at 73 (1819-1892)

Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States of America

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#15 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#2 on The Best American Poets

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Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets You Didn't Know Were Bisexual
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Alice Walker refuses labels. She is quoted as saying, "I'm curious. I'm open to the spirit of a person whether that's a man or a woman or whoever, that's not what's important to me. What's important is the spirit." She was in a relationship with musician Tracy Chapman.

Age: 74

Birthplace: Eatonton, Putnam County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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#18 on The Best Gay Authors

#29 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#40 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

#57 on History's Greatest Essayists

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets You Didn't Know Were Bisexual
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Witty poet and novelist Oscar Wilde was married to Constance Mary Lloyd from 1984-1998. He was known to have male lovers throughout his adult life. Wilde spent two years in prison for sodomy.

Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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#16 on The Best Writers of All Time

#1 on The Best Gay Authors

#33 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#6 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets You Didn't Know Were Bisexual
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"I think I was in my early twenties when I was having relationships with women. I’m in my early forties now. I’ve done a lot more talking about it, funnily enough, than doing it – which is fine. Somebody’s gotta talk about it," said Ani DiFranco. She has been married to Mike Napolitano since 2009.

Age: 47

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

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