Famous Poets from Czech Republic

List of notable or famous poets from Czech Republic, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Czech Republic and even some popular poets who immigrated to Czech Republic. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Czech poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Czech Republic is included when available.

Václav Havel and Ervín Černý are included on this list along with many more.

This historic poets from Czech Republic list can help answer the questions "Who are some Czech poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Czech Republic?" These prominent poets of Czech Republic may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Czech poets.

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  • Ervín Černý
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    Professor Ervn Čern-Křetnsk, Doctor of Medicine and Professor of Charles University in Prague, was born in 1913 in Podom a small village in Moravia. He acquired his college education in 1933 in the Těn Region where he had lived since age 12. He studied medicine in Brno. Having been arrested by the Gestapo in November 1939, he was briefly imprisoned at Brnos pilberk Castle and subsequently deported to the Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg Nazi concentration camp. As a doctor he was active at the ear, nose and throat (ORL) clinics in Brno, Hradec Krlov, and the Central Military Hospital in Prague. He was named associate professor (1951) and full professor (1965) of Charles University in Prague. ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1913-2001)
    • Birthplace: Podomí, Czech Republic
  • Ivo Vodsedálek

    Ivo Vodsedálek is a writer, poet and artist.
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jaroslav Kvapil
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    Jaroslav Kvapil (25 September 1868 in Chudenice, Kingdom of Bohemia – 10 January 1950 in Prague) was a Czech poet, theatre director, translator, playwright, and librettist. From 1900 he was a director and Dramaturg at the National Theatre in Prague, where he introduced plays by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and Maxim Gorky into the repertory. Later he was a director at the Vinohrady Theatre (1921–1928). He wrote six plays, but is today chiefly remembered as the librettist of Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka.Kvapil was the principal author of the Manifesto of Czech writers of 1917, signed by over two hundred leading Czechs, favouring the concept of Czech self-government.He was married to actress Hana ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1868-1950)
  • Jiří Voskovec
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    Jiří Voskovec (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈvoskovɛts] (listen)), born Jiří Wachsmann and known in the United States as George Voskovec (June 19, 1905 – July 1, 1981) was a Czech actor, writer, dramatist, and director who became an American citizen in 1955. Throughout much of his career he was associated with actor and playwright Jan Werich. In the US, he is best known for his role as the 11th juror in the 1957 film 12 Angry Men.
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1905-1981)
    • Birthplace: Sázava, Czech Republic
  • Karel Kryl (April 12, 1944 Kroměříž – March 3, 1994 Munich) was an iconic Czechoslovak (Moravian born and Czech speaking) poet, singer-songwriter and author of many hit protest songs in which he identified and attacked the hypocrisy, stupidity and inhumanity of the Communist (and later also the post-communist) regime in his home country. The lyrics of Kryl's songs are highly poetic and sophisticated, with perfect rhyming and a frequent use of metaphors and historical allusions. The sparse sounds of his guitar served to underscore the natural flow of the lyrics themselves. In certain respects—especially the complexity of his lyrics, his accompaniment by a single acoustic guitar, and also his ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1944-1994)
    • Birthplace: Kroměříž, Czech Republic
  • Miroslav Holub (pronounced [mɪrɔslaf ɦɔlʊp]; 13 September 1923 – 14 July 1998) was a Czech poet and immunologist. Holub's work was heavily influenced by his experiences as an Immunologist, writing many poems using his scientific knowledge to poetic effect. His work is almost always unrhymed, so lends itself easily to translation. It has been translated into more than 30 languages and is especially popular in the English-speaking world. Although one of the most internationally well-known Czech poets, his reputation continues to languish at home. Holub was born in Plzeň. His first book in Czech was Denní služba (1958), which abandoned the somewhat Stalinist bent of poems earlier in the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1923-1998)
    • Birthplace: Pilsen, Czech Republic