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Famous Poets from Denmark

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List of notable or famous poets from Denmark, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Denmark and even some popular poets who immigrated to Denmark. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Danish 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 Denmark is included when available.

List features people like Viggo Mortensen, Hans Christian Andersen.

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

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    Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (Danish pronunciation: [ˈæːtam ˈkɒtlɔp ˈøːˀl̩nslɛːɐ]; 14 November 1779 – 20 January 1850) was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism into Danish literature....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1779-1850)
    • Birthplace: Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Gender: Male
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    Hans Christian Andersen (; Danish: [hæns kʁæstjæn ˈanɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen's fairy tales, of which no fewer than 3381 works have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. His most famous fairy tales include "The...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
    • Gender: Male

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  • Harald Bergstedt (Harald Alfred Petersen, Køge, 10 August 1877 - Copenhagen, 19 September 1965) was a Danish writer, novelist, playwright and a poet. Author of the genre and satire verses (collections: Song of the province / Sange fra provinsen, 1913—1921; Wide Wings, 1919; Songs for all the Winds, 1927). His social novel Alexandersen (1918) became a satire on a bourgeois culture. His novel Factory of the Saints (1919, Russian translation 1924) became a prototype for Yakov Protazanov's 1930 film St. Jorgen's Day — a satire on the church and its ministers' hypocrisy. Before the Second World War, he was a social democrat and was an immensely popular poet. Several still popular Danish...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1877-1965)
    • Birthplace: Køge, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Gender: Male
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    Holger Henrik Herholdt Drachmann (9 October 1846 – 14 January 1908) was a Danish poet, dramatist and painter. He was a member of the Skagen artistic colony and became a figure of the Scandinavian Modern Breakthrough Movement....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1846-1908)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Gender: Male