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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
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 74
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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 66
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)
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 65
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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