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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from France
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 ...more

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Adélaïde Dufrénoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 60 (1765-1825)
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 ...more

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Aimé Césaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 95 (1913-2008)
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 ...more

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Alexandre Soumet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 57 (1788-1845)
Alexandre Soumet was a French poet.

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Alfred de Musset is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 47 (1810-1857)
Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle from 1836.

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Alphonse Daudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 57 (1840-1897)
Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist. He was the father of writers Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet.

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Alphonse de Lamartine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 79 (1790-1869)
Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, chevalier de Pratz, was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the ...more

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Anatole France is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 80 (1844-1924)
Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, ...more

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André Breton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 70 (1896-1966)
André Breton was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as ...more

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André Frénaud is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from France
André Frénaud Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)
First known for his war-time poems written from a German labour camp - notably his sombre reworkings of the myth of the Magi - André Frénaud is one of the most searching of French ...more

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Anna de Noailles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 57 (1876-1933)
Anna, Comtesse Mathieu de Noailles was a Romanian-French writer.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 44 (1900-1944)
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate ...more

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Armand Gatti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from France
age 95
Armand Gatti is a French playwright, poet, journalist, screenwriter, filmmaker and former WW II resistance fighter. His debut film Enclosure was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film ...more

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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 37 (1854-1891)
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet born in Charleville, Ardennes. He influenced modern literature and arts, inspired various musicians, and prefigured surrealism. He started writing ...more

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Bernard Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)
Bernard Casadesus was a musicologist, singer and poet.

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Blaise Cendrars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 74 (1887-1961)
Frédéric-Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss-born novelist and poet who became a naturalized French citizen in 1916. He was a writer of considerable ...more

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Breyten Breytenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from France
age 79
Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer and painter of great eminence. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans speaking South Africans of the region. He also ...more

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Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from France
age 55
Carlos Alvarado-Larroucau is an Argentine-born French author. Born in Argentina in 1964.

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Casimir Delavigne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 50 (1793-1843)
Jean-François Casimir Delavigne was a French poet and dramatist.

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 46 (1821-1867)
Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, ...more

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Charles Le Goffic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 79 (1853-1932)
Charles Le Goffic was a French poet, novelist and historian whose influence was especially strong in his native Brittany. He was a member of the Académie française.

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Charles-Julien Lioult de Chêne... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from France
Charles-Julien Lioult de Chênedollé Dec. at 64 (1769-1833)
Charles-Julien Lioult de Chênedollé was a French poet.

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Claude Nougaro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 75 (1929-2004)
Claude Nougaro was a French songwriter and singer.

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Danielle Collobert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 38 (1940-1978)
Danielle Collobert was a French author, poet and journalist, born in Rostrenen, Côtes-d'Armor on 23 July 1940. She died, by her own hand, in Paris on 23 July 1978. Her mother, a teacher, ...more

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Dmitri Savitski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dmitri Savitski age 75
Dmitri Petrovich Savitski is a Russian writer and poet.