Poetry

Famous Male Poets

Reference
70.6k views 2,384 items

List of famous male poets, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male poets list contains the most prominent and top males known for being poets. There are thousand of males working as poets in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic poets have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a poet then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Michael Gorra and Bhai Nand Lal.

While this isn't a list of all male poets, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male poets?" and "Who are the best male poets?"
Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Poets
Photo:  HIstorical/Getty Images

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. Following this ground-breaking work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 79 (1803-1882)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

More Ralph Waldo Emerson

#29 of 383 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time #53 of 373 on The Greatest Poets of All Time #14 of 113 on The Best American Poets #9 of 40 on Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them

see more on Ralph Waldo Emerson
T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Poets
Photo:  Hulton Deutsch/Getty Images

Thomas Stearns Eliot OM, usually known as T. S. Eliot, was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to an old Yankee family. He immigrated to England in 1914, settling, working and marrying there. He was eventually naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39, renouncing his American citizenship. Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

More T. S. Eliot

#52 of 1189 on The Best Writers of All Time #14 of 257 on The Best Gay Authors #21 of 383 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time #14 of 19 on Famous Writers and Artists Who Were Terrible Humans

see more on T. S. Eliot
Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Poets
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Fair use

Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

More Jack Kerouac

#52 of 383 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time #78 of 275 on The Best Novelists of All Time #66 of 113 on The Best American Poets #32 of 40 on Authors You Pretend To Like, Even Though You've Never Read Them

see more on Jack Kerouac
Walt Whitman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Poets
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Public domain

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 73 (1819-1892)

Birthplace: West Hills, New York

More Walt Whitman

#72 of 1189 on The Best Writers of All Time #3 of 257 on The Best Gay Authors #15 of 383 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time #8 of 373 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

see more on Walt Whitman