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Famous Poets from France

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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

Birthplace: Arras, France

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 ...more
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Adélaïde Duf... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 60 (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 ...more
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Aimé Césai... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 95 (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 ...more
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Alexandre Soumet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 57 (1788-1845)

Birthplace: France

Alexandre Soumet (French: [sumɛ]; February 18, 1788 – March 30, 1845) 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)

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
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Alphonse Daudet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from France
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 ...more
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Alphonse de Lamartine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 79 (1790-1869)

Birthplace: Mâcon, France

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, Knight of Pratz (French: [alfɔ̃s maʁi lwi dəpʁa də lamaʁtin]; 21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was ...more
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Anatole France is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 80 (1844-1924)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Anatole France (French: [anatɔl fʁɑ̃s]; born François-Anatole Thibault, [frɑ̃swa anatɔl tibo]; 16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist with several ...more
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André Breton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 70 (1896-1966)

Birthplace: Tinchebray, France

André Robert Breton (French: [ɑ̃dʁe ʁɔbɛʁ bʁətɔ̃]; 18 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer, poet and anti-fascist. He is known best as the co-founder, leader, principal ...more
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André Frén... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from France
André Frénaud Dec. at 86 (1907-1993)

Birthplace: Montceau-les-Mines, France

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)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Anna, Comtesse Mathieu de Noailles (15 November 1876 – 30 April 1933) was a Romanian-French writer.
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Antoine de Saint-Exup&ea... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 44 (1900-1944)

Birthplace: Lyon, France

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry, simply known as Saint-Exupéry (French: [ɑ̃twan də sɛ̃tɛɡzypeʁi]; 29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), was a French writer, poet, ...more

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Armand Gatti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from France
Age: 95

Birthplace: France

Armand Gatti (French: [gati]; 26 January 1924 – 6 April 2017) was a French playwright, poet, journalist, screenwriter, filmmaker and World War II resistance fighter. His debut film Enclosure was ...more
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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 37 (1854-1891)

Birthplace: Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Charleville-Mézières, Champagne-Ardenne, + more

Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (UK: , US: ; French: [aʁtyʁ ʁɛ̃bo] (listen); 20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet known for his influence on modern literature and arts, which ...more

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Bernard Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from France
Dec. at 71 (1923-1994)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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)

Birthplace: Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, La Chaux-de-Fonds District, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Frédéric-Louis Sauser (1 September 1887 – 21 January 1961), better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss-born novelist and poet who became a naturalized French citizen in 1916. He ...more
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Breyten Breytenbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from France
Age: 79

Birthplace: Western Cape, Africa, South Africa

Breyten Breytenbach (; born 16 September 1939) is a South African writer and painter known for his opposition to apartheid, and consequent imprisonment by the South African government. He is ...more
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Carlos Alvarado-Larrouca... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from France
Age: 55

Birthplace: San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

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)

Birthplace: Le Havre, France

Jean-François Casimir Delavigne (4 April 1793 – 11 December 1843) 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)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Charles Pierre Baudelaire (UK: , US: ; French: [ʃaʁl bodlɛʁ] (listen); 9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering ...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)

Birthplace: Lannion, France

Charles Le Goffic (14 July 1863 – 12 February 1932) was a Breton poet, novelist and historian whose influence was especially strong in his native Brittany. He was a member of the Académie
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Charles-Julien Lioult de... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from France
Charles-Julien Lioult de Chênedollé Dec. at 64 (1769-1833)

Birthplace: Vire, France

Charles-Julien Lioult de Chênedollé (4 November 1769 – 2 December 1833) 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)

Birthplace: Toulouse, France

Claude Nougaro (French pronunciation: ​[klod nuɡaʁo]; 9 September 1929 – 4 March 2004) 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)

Birthplace: Rostrenen, France

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

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Dmitri Petrovich Savitski (Russian: Дми́трий Петро́вич Савицкий; January 25, 1944 – April 11, 2019) was a Soviet-born Russian-French writer and poet.