Famous Poets from Denmark

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 Oehlenschläger
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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1779-1850)
    • Birthplace: Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hans Christian Andersen
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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 Emperor's New Clothes," "The Little Mermaid," "The Nightingale," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Match Girl," and "Thumbelina." His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films. One of Copenhagen's widest and busiest boulevards, skirting Copenhagen City Hall Square at the corner of which Andersen's larger-than-life bronze statue sits, is named "H.C. Andersens Boulevard."
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1805-1875)
    • Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
  • Harald Bergstedt
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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 children's songs have lyrics by Bergstedt ("Hør den lille stær", "Solen er så rød, mor", "Jeg ved en lærkerede"). In 1942-1945 during the German occupation of Denmark, he worked for a Nazi newspaper in Denmark, "Fædrelandet", and in 1946 was sentenced two years in prison for "cooperation with the Nazis". In 1948, he published a verse collection named Songs in the Jail with his thoughts on his life and works.
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1877-1965)
    • Birthplace: Køge, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Holger Drachmann
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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1846-1908)
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jakob Knudsen
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    Jakob Christian Lindberg Knudsen was a Danish writer, educator and clergyman.
    • Age: Dec. at 59 (1858-1917)
  • Jeppe Aakjær
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    Jeppe Aakjær (born in Fly, Jutland on 10 September 1866 – died in Jenle, 22 (23) April 1930) was a Danish poet and novelist, a member of the 'Jutland Movement' in Danish literature". A regionalist, much of his writings were about his native Jutland. He was known for writings that reflected his concern for the impoverished and for describing rural existence.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1866-1930)
    • Birthplace: Denmark