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

Examples of people on this list include Paul McCartney and Elizabeth I of England.

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

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from England
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from England
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Peter "Pete" Doherty is an English musician, writer, actor, poet and artist. He is best known musically for being co-frontman of The Libertines, which he formed with Carl BarĂ¢t in 1997. His other musical project is indie band Babyshambles. In 2005, Doherty became prominent in tabloids, the news media, and pop culture blogs because of his romantic relationship with model Kate Moss and his frequently-publicised drug addictions. ...more

Age: 39

Birthplace: Hexham, United Kingdom

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Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from England
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Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII by second wife, Anne Boleyn, who was executed two and a half years after Elizabeth's birth. Anne's marriage to Henry VIII was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, ruled until his death in 1553, bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey and ignoring the claims of his two half-sisters, Elizabeth and the Roman Catholic Mary, in spite of statute law to the contrary. Edward's will was set aside ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)

Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom

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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from England
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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. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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