READ Famous Poets from France

39.9k views 94 items

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.

Use this list of renowned French 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. 
Adam de la Halle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from France
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY

Adam de la Halle, also known as Adam le Bossu was a French-born trouvère, poet and musician, whose literary and musical works include chansons and jeux-partis in the style of the trouveres, polyphonic rondel and motets in the style of early liturgical polyphony, and a musical play, "Jeu de Robin et Marion", which is considered the earliest surviving secular French play with music. He was a member of the Confrérie des jongleurs et bourgeois d'Arras. ...more

Birthplace: Arras, France

see more on Adam de la Halle
Adélaïde Dufrénoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from France
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Adélaïde-Gillette Dufrénoy 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 learnt Latin to a proficient enough level that she was able to translate the works of Horace and Virgil. A M. Laya would later introduce her to French poetry, which would capture her imagination for years to come. At the age of fifteen, she married a rich prosecutor, Simon Petit-Dufrenoy, at the Châtelet de Paris. Her marital home became the meeting-place of the beaux-esprits of the city, which influenced her towards a true poetic vocation. In 1787, her career as a writer started in earnest with a small work titled Boutade, ...more

Age: Died at 60 (1765-1825)

Birthplace: Nantes, France

see more on Adélaïde Dufrénoy
Aimé Césaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from France
Photo: Freebase/Fair use

Aimé Fernand David Césaire was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from Martinique. He was "one of the founders of the négritude movement in Francophone literature". He wrote such works as A Tempest, a response to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and Discourse on Colonialism, an essay describing the strife between the colonizers and the colonized. His works have been translated into many languages. ...more

Age: Died at 95 (1913-2008)

Birthplace: Basse-Pointe, Martinique

Also Ranked

#19 on The Best French Language Poets of All Time

see more on Aimé Césaire
Alexandre Soumet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from France
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Alexandre Soumet was a French poet. ...more

Age: Died at 57 (1788-1845)

Birthplace: France

see more on Alexandre Soumet