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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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Alexios Schandermani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Alexios Schandermani age 64 Alexios Schandermani is an Iranian German writer.

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Angelus Silesius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Angelus Silesius Died at 53 (1624-1677) Angelus Silesius or Johann Angelus Silesius was a German Catholic priest and physician, known as a mystic and religious poet. Born and raised a Lutheran, he adopted the name Angelus and the ...more

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Arno Holz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Arno Holz Died at 66 (1863-1929) Arno Holz was a German naturalist poet and dramatist. He is best known for his poetry collection Phantasus.

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August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
August Stramm Died at 41 (1874-1915) August Stramm 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 action during World War I. He worked ...more

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Barthold Heinrich Brockes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Barthold Heinrich Brockes Died at 67 (1680-1747) Barthold Heinrich Brockes was a German poet. He was born in Hamburg and educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. He studied jurisprudence at Halle, and after extensive travels in Italy, ...more

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Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Bertolt Brecht Died at 58 (1898-1956) Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter ...more

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Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Charles Bukowski Died at 74 (1920-1994) Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of ...more

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Christian Friedrich Hebbel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Christian Friedrich Hebbel Died at 50 (1813-1863) Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist.

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Erich Kästner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Erich Kästner Died at 75 (1899-1974) Emil Erich Kästner was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poems and for children's books including Emil and the Detectives. ...more

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Eva Strittmatter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Eva Strittmatter Died at 81 (1930-2011) Eva Strittmatter was a German writer of poetry, prose, and children's literature. Her books of poems sold millions of copies, reportedly making her the most successful German poet of the second ...more

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Ferdinand Avenarius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Ferdinand Avenarius Died at 67 (1856-1923) Ferdinand Avenarius was a lyric poet, a leading representative of the culture reform movement of his time and the first popularizer of Sylt.

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Friedrich Hölderlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Friedrich Hölderlin Died at 73 (1770-1843) Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the ...more

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Friedrich Rückert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Friedrich Rückert Died at 78 (1788-1866) Friedrich Rückert 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
Galsan Tschinag age 73 Galsan Tschinag, born Irgit Shynykbai-oglu Dshurukuwaa is a Mongolian writer of novels, poems, and essays in the German language, though he hails from a Tuvan background. He is also often ...more

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Gustav Leutelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Gustav Leutelt Died at 87 (1860-1947) Gustav Leutelt was a German Bohemian poet and writer. Most of his poetry concerned the area around his birthplace of Josefsthal causing him to be described as a "poet of the Jizera

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Hans Carossa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Hans Carossa Died at 78 (1878-1956) Hans Carossa was a German novelist and poet, known mostly for his autobiographical novels, and his "innere Emigration" during the Nazi era. He was born in Bad Tölz, Bavaria and ...more

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Hans-Ulrich Treichel age 65 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
Heiner Müller Died at 66 (1929-1995) Heiner Müller was a German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. Described as "the theatre's greatest living poet" since Samuel Beckett, Müller is arguably ...more

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Heinrich Heine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Heinrich Heine Died at 59 (1797-1856) Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of ...more

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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Hermann Hesse Died at 85 (1877-1962) Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more

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Herta Müller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Herta Müller age 64 Herta Müller is a German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the ...more

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James Krüss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
James Krüss Died at 71 (1926-1997) James Krüss was a German writer of children's and picture books, illustrator, poet, dramatist, scriptwriter, translator, and collector of children's poems and folk songs. For his ...more

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Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Friedrich Schiller Died at 46 (1759-1805) Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Died at 83 (1749-1832) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

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Johannes Theodor Baargeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Johannes Theodor Baargeld Died at 35 (1892-1927) Johannes Theodor Baargeld was a pseudonym of Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Grünwald, a German painter and poet who, together with Max Ernst, founded the Cologne Dada group. He also used the name ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
John Denver Died at 54 (1943-1997) Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

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Julius Gersdorff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Julius Gersdorff Died at 58 (1849-1907) Julius Gersdorff is a German poet.

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Karl Vollmöller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Karl Vollmöller Died at 70 (1878-1948) Karl Gustav Vollmöller, usually written Vollmoeller was a German playwright and screenwriter. He is most famous for two works, the screenplay for the celebrated 1930 German film Der Blaue ...more

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Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Sch... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel Died at 57 (1772-1829) Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel was a German poet, literary critic, philosopher, philologist and indologist. With his older brother, August Wilhelm Schlegel, he was one of the main figures of ...more

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Lisel Mueller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Lisel Mueller age 94 Lisel Mueller is an American poet. She won the U.S. National Book Award in 1981 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1997.

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Ludwig Rellstab is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Ludwig Rellstab Died at 61 (1799-1860) Heinrich Friedrich Ludwig Rellstab was a German poet and music critic. He was born and died in Berlin. He was the son of the music publisher and composer Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab. An able ...more

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Mathilde Wesendonck is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Mathilde Wesendonck Died at 74 (1828-1902) Mathilde Wesendonck was a German poet and author. She is best known as the friend and possible paramour of Richard Wagner, who set five songs to her words, called the Wesendonck Lieder.

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Max Bewer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Max Bewer Died at 60 (1861-1921) Max Bewer is a German writer and poet.

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Mordechai Geldman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Mordechai Geldman age 72 Mordechai Geldman is an Israeli artist, author, poet and psychologist.

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Nelly Sachs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Nelly Sachs Died at 79 (1891-1970) Nelly Sachs was a Jewish German poet and playwright whose experiences resulting from the rise of the Nazis in World War II Europe transformed her into a poignant spokeswoman for the grief and ...more

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Paul Fleming is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Paul Fleming Died at 31 (1609-1640) Paul Fleming, also spelt Flemming, was a German physician and poet. As well as writing notable verse and hymns, he spent several years accompanying the Duke of Holstein's embassies to Russia and ...more

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Peter Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Peter Cornelius Died at 50 (1824-1874) Carl August Peter Cornelius was a German composer, writer about music, poet and translator.

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Rainer Maria Rilke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Rainer Maria Rilke Died at 51 (1875-1926) René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke —was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense ...more

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Rolf Dieter Brinkmann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Rolf Dieter Brinkmann Died at 35 (1940-1975) Rolf Dieter Brinkmann was a German writer of poems, short stories, a novel, essays, letters, and diaries.

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Stefan George is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Stefan George Died at 65 (1868-1933) Stefan Anton George was a German poet, editor, and translator.

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Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Sylvia Plath Died at 31 (1932-1963) Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before ...more

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Theodore Roethke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Theodore Roethke Died at 55 (1908-1963) Theodore Huebner Roethke was an American poet. He published several volumes of award-winning and critically acclaimed poetry. Roethke is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential ...more

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Thomas Brasch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Thomas Brasch Died at 56 (1945-2001) Thomas Brasch was a German author, poet and film director.

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Walter Hasenclever is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Walter Hasenclever Died at 50 (1890-1940) Walter Hasenclever was a German Expressionist poet and playwright. His works were banned when the Nazis came to power and he went into exile in France; however, there he was imprisoned as a ...more

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Walter Mehring is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Walter Mehring Died at 85 (1896-1981) Walter Mehring was a German author and one of the most prominent satirical authors in the Weimar Republic. He was banned during the Third Reich, and fled the country.

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Wilhelm Busch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Wilhelm Busch Died at 76 (1832-1908) Heinrich Christian Wilhelm Busch was a German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. He published comic illustrated cautionary tales from 1859, achieving his most notable works in the 1870s. ...more

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Wolf Biermann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Wolf Biermann age 81 Karl Wolf Biermann is a German singer-songwriter and former East German dissident. He is perhaps best known for the 1968 song "Ermutigung" and his expatriation from East Germany in

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Yehuda Amichai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Poets from Germany
Yehuda Amichai Died at 76 (1924-2000) Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first to write in colloquial ...more