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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 ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more

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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 ...more

Age: 38

Birthplace: North East England, Eurasia, Hexham, United Kingdom, Northumberland, + more

Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1533-1603)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Greenwich, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Profession: Politician

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)

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

Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Lyricist, Writer, Playwright

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#9 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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