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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
age 76
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 ...more
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Pete Doherty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 39
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 Barât ...more
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Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 70 (1533-1603)
Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her passing. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and ...more
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T. S. Eliot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)
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 ...more
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George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 36 (1788-1824)
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. ...more
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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay ...more
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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 75 (1709-1784)
Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and ...more
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William Blake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 70 (1757-1827)
William Blake was an English painter, poet and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the ...more
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Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 39 (1816-1855)
Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She ...more
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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)
John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more
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W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 66 (1907-1973)
Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, an American citizen, and regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its ...more
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Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)
Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more
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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 26 (1795-1821)
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in ...more
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Wilfred Owen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 25 (1893-1918)
Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was ...more
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Siegfried Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 81 (1886-1967)
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry ...more
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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 30 (1818-1848)
Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the ...more
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Stephen Spender is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 86 (1909-1995)
Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet ...more
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Walter Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 66 (1552-1618)
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He was cousin to Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir ...more
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Alan Hollinghurst is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 64
Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL is an English novelist, poet, short story writer and translator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, the 1994 James ...more
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Vivian Stanshall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 52 (1943-1995)
Vivian Stanshall was an English singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and wit, best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, for his exploration of the British upper classes in ...more
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Robert Browning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 77 (1812-1889)
Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, and in particular the dramatic monologue, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known ...more
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John Dryden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 69 (1631-1700)
John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point ...more
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Benjamin Zephaniah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 60
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is an English writer, dub poet and Rastafari. He was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.
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Rupert Brooke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 28 (1887-1915)
Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good ...more
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 62 (1772-1834)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake ...more