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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.

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 75 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 death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last ...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 63 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 59 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

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Edward Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 85 (1844-1929) Edward Carpenter was an English socialist poet, philosopher, anthologist, and early LGBT activist. A leading figure in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, he was instrumental in the ...more

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Ben Jonson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 65 (1572-1637) Ben Jonson was an English playwright, poet, and literary critic of the seventeenth century, whose artistry exerted a lasting impact upon English poetry and stage comedy. He popularised the ...more

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Lord Alfred Douglas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 75 (1870-1945) Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, nicknamed Bosie, was an English author, poet and translator, better known as the friend and lover of writer Oscar Wilde. Much of his early poetry was Uranian in theme, ...more

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James Fenton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 68 James Martin Fenton FRSL FRSA is an English poet, journalist and literary critic. He is a former Oxford Professor of Poetry.

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Charlotte Lennox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 74 (1730-1804) "Mrs Lenox was the author of "The Female Quixote" and various other works . In he "Shakespeare Illustrated" she gives an account of the source of whence the poet derived ...more

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Paul Weller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 59 Paul Weller is a film score composer.

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Robert Graves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 90 (1895-1985) Robert von Ranke Graves was an English poet, novelist, critic, and classicist. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's poems—together with his translations and innovative ...more

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Aphra Behn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 49 (1640-1689) Aphra Behn [Aphara] was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke ...more

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Jane West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 94 (1758-1852) Jane West, who published as Prudentia Homespun and Mrs. West, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and writer of conduct literature and educational tracts.

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Thomas Hardy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 88 (1840-1928) Thomas Hardy, OM was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William ...more

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Labi Siffre is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 72 Labi Siffre is a British poet, songwriter, musician, and singer.

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Sebastian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 89 (1905-1994) Sebastian Lewis Shaw was an English actor, director, novelist, playwright and poet. During his 65-year career, he appeared in dozens of stage performances and more than 40 film and television ...more

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John Ruskin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 81 (1819-1900) John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging ...more

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Percy Bysshe Shelley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 30 (1792-1822) Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some critics as amongst the finest lyric poets in the English language. A radical in his poetry as well as ...more

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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 64 (1893-1957) Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best ...more

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Joseph Addison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 47 (1672-1719) Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his ...more

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George Herbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 40 (1593-1633) George Herbert was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal ...more

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Anne Askew is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 25 (1521-1546) Anne Askew was an English poet and Protestant who was condemned as a heretic. She is the only woman on record known to have been both tortured in the Tower of London and burnt at the stake. She ...more

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Roy Fisher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 88 Roy Fisher is a British poet and jazz pianist. He was one of the first British writers to absorb the poetics of William Carlos Williams and the Black Mountain poets into the British poetic ...more

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Edmund Spenser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 47 (1552-1599) Edmund Spenser was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognised as one of the premier ...more

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John Donne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 59 (1572-1631) John Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual ...more

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Anne Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 85 Anne Stevenson is an American-British poet and writer.

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Alexander Pope is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 56 (1688-1744) Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the ...more

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Genesis P-Orridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Poets from England
age 68 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, and occultist. P-Orridge rose to notability as founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic ...more

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John Milton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Poets from England
Dec. at 66 (1608-1674) John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political ...more