Famous Poets from France

Here's an extensive list of notable or famous poets from France, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in France and even some popular poets who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French 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 France is included when available.

Famous French writers of poems on this list include Adam de la Ralle and Arthur Rimbaud.

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

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  • Adam de la Halle, also known as Adam le Bossu (Adam the Hunchback) (1240–1287) was a French-born trouvère, poet and musician. Adam's literary and musical works include chansons and jeux-partis ...more
  • Adélaïde Dufrénoy
    Dec. at 59 (1765-1825)
    • Birthplace: Nantes, France
    Adélaïde-Gillette Dufrénoy (née Billet) (1765–1825) was a French poet and painter from Brittany. The daughter of Jacques Billet, a jeweller for the Crown of Poland, she had a lavish education and ...more
  • Aimé Césaire
    Dec. at 94 (1913-2008)
    • Birthplace: Basse-Pointe, Martinique
    Aimé Fernand David Césaire (; French: [ɛme sezɛʁ]; 26 June 1913 – 17 April 2008) was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from the region of Martinique. He was "one of the founders of ...more
  • Alexandre Soumet
    Dec. at 57 (1788-1845)
    • Birthplace: France
    Alexandre Soumet (French: [sumɛ]; February 18, 1788 – March 30, 1845) was a French poet.
  • Alfred de Musset
    Dec. at 46 (1810-1857)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (French: [al.fʁɛd də my.sɛ]; 11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing the ...more
  • Alphonse Daudet
    Dec. at 57 (1840-1897)
    • Birthplace: Nîmes, France
    Alphonse Daudet (French: [dodɛ]; 13 May 1840 – 16 December 1897) was a French novelist. He was the husband of Julia Daudet (Mastani) and father of Edmée Daudet, and writers Léon Daudet and Lucien ...more