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Famous Poets from England

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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.

Use this list of renowned English poets to discover some new poets that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Paul McCartney

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia

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    Pete Doherty

    BirthplaceHexham, United Kingdom

    Peter Doherty (born 12 March 1979) is an English musician, songwriter, actor, poet, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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    Elizabeth I of England

    Elizabeth I of England

    Dec. at 70 (1533-1603)

    BirthplacePalace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom

    Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17... more on Wikipedia

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    T. S. Eliot

    T. S. Eliot

    Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), "one of the twentieth century's... more on Wikipedia
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    George Gordon Byron

    George Gordon Byron

    Dec. at 36 (1788-1824)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Greater London, United Kingdom, London, England

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord... more on Wikipedia

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    Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling

    Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson

    Dec. at 75 (1709-1784)

    BirthplaceLichfield, United Kingdom

    Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    William Blake

    William Blake

    Dec. at 70 (1757-1827)

    BirthplaceSoho, London, United Kingdom

    William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Charlotte Brontë

    Charlotte Brontë

    Dec. at 39 (1816-1855)

    BirthplaceThornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    Charlotte Brontë (, commonly ; 21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Anthony Burgess

    Anthony Burgess

    Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)

    BirthplaceHarpurhey, Greater Manchester, North West England, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

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    W. H. Auden

    W. H. Auden

    Dec. at 66 (1907-1973)

    BirthplaceYork, United Kingdom

    Wystan Hugh Auden (; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was an English-American poet.... more on Wikipedia
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    Harold Pinter

    Harold Pinter

    Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceMetropolitan Borough of Hackney

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    John Keats

    John Keats

    Dec. at 26 (1795-1821)

    BirthplaceMoorgate, London, England

    John Keats (; 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Wilfred Owen

    Wilfred Owen

    Dec. at 25 (1893-1918)

    BirthplaceEurasia, West Midlands, United Kingdom, Borough of Oswestry, England

    Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and... more on Wikipedia

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    Siegfried Sassoon

    Siegfried Sassoon

    Dec. at 81 (1886-1967)

    BirthplaceMatfield, United Kingdom

    Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Emily Brontë

    Emily Brontë

    Dec. at 30 (1818-1848)

    BirthplaceThornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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    Stephen Spender

    Stephen Spender

    Dec. at 86 (1909-1995)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Stephen Harold Spender (28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995) was an English poet, novelist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Walter Raleigh

    Walter Raleigh

    Dec. at 66 (1552-1618)

    BirthplaceDevon, United Kingdom

    Sir Walter Raleigh (; c. 1552 (or 1554) – 29 October 1618), also spelled Ralegh, was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Alan Hollinghurst

    BirthplaceStroud, United Kingdom

    Alan James Hollinghurst FRSL (born 26 May 1954) is an English novelist, poet, short story... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Vivian Stanshall

    Vivian Stanshall

    Dec. at 52 (1943-1995)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Vivian Stanshall (born Victor Anthony Stanshall; 21 March 1943 – 5 March 1995) was an English... more on Wikipedia
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    Robert Browning

    Robert Browning

    Dec. at 77 (1812-1889)

    BirthplaceCamberwell, London, United Kingdom

    Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose... more on Wikipedia

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    John Dryden

    John Dryden

    Dec. at 69 (1631-1700)

    BirthplaceAldwincle, United Kingdom

    John Dryden (; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English... more on Wikipedia
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    Benjamin Zephaniah

    BirthplaceHandsworth, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is a British writer, dub poet and... more on Wikipedia

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    Rupert Brooke

    Rupert Brooke

    Dec. at 28 (1887-1915)

    BirthplaceRugby, United Kingdom

    Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) was an English poet known for his... more on Wikipedia

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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Dec. at 62 (1772-1834)

    BirthplaceOttery St Mary, United Kingdom

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (; 21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary... more on Wikipedia