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List of notable or famous poets from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Germany and even some popular poets who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German 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 Germany is included when available.

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

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Alexios Schandermani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Age: 65

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

Alexios Schandermani (born October 25, 1953) is an Iranian German writer.
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Angelus Silesius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 53 (1624-1677)

Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland

Angelus Silesius (c. 1624 – 9 July 1677), born Johann Scheffler and also known as Johann Angelus Silesius, was a German Catholic priest and physician, known as a mystic and religious poet. Born ...more
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Arno Holz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Arno Holz Dec. at 66 (1863-1929)

Birthplace: Kętrzyn, Poland

Arno Holz (26 April 1863 Rastenburg – October 1929, Berlin) was a German naturalist poet and dramatist. He is best known for his poetry collection Phantasus (1898). He was nominated for a Nobel ...more
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August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 41 (1874-1915)

Birthplace: Münster, Germany

August Stramm (29 July 1874 – 1 September 1915) was a German poet and playwright who is considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in ...more
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Barthold Heinrich Brocke... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1680-1747)

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Barthold Heinrich Brockes (September 22, 1680 – January 16, 1747) was a German poet. He was born in Hamburg and educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. He studied jurisprudence at Halle, ...more
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Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1898-1956)

Birthplace: Swabia, Eurasia, Bavaria, Augsburg, Germany

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (, German: [ˈbɛɐ̯tɔlt ˈbʁɛçt] (listen); 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, ...more

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Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

Birthplace: Andernach, Germany

Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, ...more

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Christian Friedrich Hebb... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 50 (1813-1863)

Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany

Christian Friedrich Hebbel (18 March 1813 – 13 December 1863), was a German poet and dramatist.
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Erich Kästner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

Birthplace: Dresden, Germany

Emil Erich Kästner (German: [ˈʔeːʁɪç ˈkɛstnɐ]; 23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially ...more
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Eva Strittmatter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Eva Strittmatter Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)

Birthplace: Neuruppin, Germany

Eva Strittmatter (née Braun; 8 February 1930 – 3 January 2011) was a German writer of poetry, prose, and children's literature.Her books of poems sold millions of copies, reportedly ...more
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Ferdinand Avenarius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1856-1923)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Ferdinand Avenarius (20 December 1856, in Berlin – 22 September 1923, in Kampen) was a German lyric poet, a leading representative of the culture reform movement of his time and the first ...more
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Friedrich Hölderlin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 73 (1770-1843)

Birthplace: Lauffen am Neckar, Germany

Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪsti̯aːn ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhœldɐliːn]; 20 March 1770 – 7 June 1843) was a German poet and philosopher. Described by ...more
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Friedrich Rückert ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 78 (1788-1866)

Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany

Friedrich Rückert (16 May 1788 – 31 January 1866) was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages.
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Galsan Tschinag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Age: 74

Birthplace: Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia

Galsan Tschinag (German pronunciation: [ˈɡalzan ˈtʃʰɪnak], Mongolian: Чинаагийн Галсан, romanized: Qinaagiin Galsan, ᠴᠢᠨᠠᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠶᠢᠨ ᠭᠠᠯᠰᠠᠩ, [ˈtʃʰinɑːɡiːŋ ˈɢɑɮsəŋ], born Irgit Şınıkay oğlu ...more
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Gustav Leutelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Gustav Leutelt Dec. at 87 (1860-1947)

Birthplace: Josefův Důl, Czech Republic

Gustav Leutelt (21 September 1860 – 17 February 1947) was a German Bohemian poet and writer. Most of his poetry concerned the area around his birthplace of Josefsthal causing him to be described ...more
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Hans Carossa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 78 (1878-1956)

Birthplace: Bad Tölz, Germany

Hans Carossa (15 December 1878 in Bad Tölz, Kingdom of Bavaria – 12 September 1956 in Rittsteig near Passau) was a German novelist and poet, known mostly for his autobiographical novels, ...more
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Hans-Ulrich Treichel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Age: 66

Birthplace: Versmold, Germany

Hans-Ulrich Treichel is a Germanist, novelist and poet. His earliest published books were collections of poetry, but prose writing has become a larger part of his output since the critical and ...more
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Heiner Müller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1929-1995)

Birthplace: Eppendorf, Saxony, Germany

Heiner Müller (German: [haɪnɐ mʏlɐ]; 9 January 1929 – 30 December 1995) was a German (formerly East German) dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. His "enigmatic, ...more
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Heinrich Heine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 59 (1797-1856)

Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was a German poet, playwright, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known ...more

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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)

Birthplace: Calw, Germany

Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The ...more

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Herta Müller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Age: 65

Birthplace: Nițchidorf, Romania

Herta Müller (born 17 August 1953) is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her ...more
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James Krüss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

Birthplace: Heligoland, Germany

James Krüss (31 May 1926 – 2 August 1997) was a German writer of children's and picture books, illustrator, poet, dramatist, scriptwriter, translator, and collector of children's poems and ...more
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Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 46 (1759-1805)

Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10 November 1759 – 9 May 1805) was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, and ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goet... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 83 (1749-1832)

Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works ...more

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Johannes Theodor Baargel... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Dec. at 35 (1892-1927)

Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland

Johannes Theodor Baargeld was a pseudonym of Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Grünwald (9 October 1892 – 16 or 17 August 1927), a German painter and poet who, together with Max Ernst, founded the ...more