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Famous Poets from Germany

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

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

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

    Angelus Silesius

    Dec. at 53 (1624-1677)

    BirthplaceWrocław, Poland

    Angelus Silesius (c. 1624 – 9 July 1677), born Johann Scheffler and also known as Johann... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Arno Holz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Arno Holz

    Dec. at 66 (1863-1929)

    BirthplaceKętrzyn, Poland

    Arno Holz (26 April 1863 Rastenburg – October 1929, Berlin) was a German naturalist poet and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    August Stramm

    Dec. at 41 (1874-1915)

    BirthplaceMünster, Germany

    August Stramm (29 July 1874 – 1 September 1915) was a German poet and playwright who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Barthold Heinrich Brockes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Barthold Heinrich Brockes

    Dec. at 67 (1680-1747)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Barthold Heinrich Brockes (September 22, 1680 – January 16, 1747) was a German poet. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Bertolt Brecht

    Dec. at 58 (1898-1956)

    BirthplaceSwabia, Eurasia, Bavaria, Augsburg, Germany

    Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (, German: [ˈbɛɐ̯tɔlt ˈbʁɛçt] (listen); 10 February 1898 – 14... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Charles Bukowski

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceAndernach, Germany

    Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Christian Friedrich Hebbel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Christian Friedrich Hebbel

    Dec. at 50 (1813-1863)

    BirthplaceWesselburen, Germany

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

    Erich Kästner

    Dec. at 75 (1899-1974)

    BirthplaceDresden, Germany

    Emil Erich Kästner (German: [ˈʔeːʁɪç ˈkɛstnɐ]; 23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Eva Strittmatter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Eva Strittmatter

    Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)

    BirthplaceNeuruppin, Germany

    Eva Strittmatter (née Braun; 8 February 1930 – 3 January 2011) was a German writer of poetry,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Ferdinand Avenarius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Ferdinand Avenarius

    Dec. at 67 (1856-1923)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Ferdinand Avenarius (20 December 1856, in Berlin – 22 September 1923, in Kampen) was a German... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Friedrich Hölderlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Friedrich Hölderlin

    Dec. at 73 (1770-1843)

    BirthplaceLauffen am Neckar, Germany

    Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪsti̯aːn ˈfʁiːdʁɪç... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Friedrich Rückert is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Friedrich Rückert

    Dec. at 78 (1788-1866)

    BirthplaceSchweinfurt, Germany

    Friedrich Rückert (16 May 1788 – 31 January 1866) was a German poet, translator, and professor... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Galsan Tschinag is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    BirthplaceBayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia

    Galsan Tschinag (German pronunciation: [ˈɡalzan ˈtʃʰɪnak], Mongolian: Чинаагийн Галсан,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Gustav Leutelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Gustav Leutelt

    Dec. at 87 (1860-1947)

    BirthplaceJosefův Důl, Czech Republic

    Gustav Leutelt (21 September 1860 – 17 February 1947) was a German Bohemian poet and writer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Hans Carossa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Hans Carossa

    Dec. at 78 (1878-1956)

    BirthplaceBad Tölz, Germany

    Hans Carossa (15 December 1878 in Bad Tölz, Kingdom of Bavaria – 12 September 1956 in... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Hans-Ulrich Treichel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    BirthplaceVersmold, Germany

    Hans-Ulrich Treichel is a Germanist, novelist and poet. His earliest published books were... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Heiner Müller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Heiner Müller

    Dec. at 66 (1929-1995)

    BirthplaceEppendorf, Saxony, Germany

    Heiner Müller (German: [haɪnɐ mʏlɐ]; 9 January 1929 – 30 December 1995) was a German (formerly... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Heinrich Heine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Heinrich Heine

    Dec. at 59 (1797-1856)

    BirthplaceDüsseldorf, Germany

    Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (German: [ˈhaɪnʁɪç ˈhaɪnə]; 13 December 1797 – 17 February... more on Wikipedia

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    Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Hermann Hesse

    Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born... more on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceNițchidorf, Romania

    Herta Müller (born 17 August 1953) is a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    James Krüss is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    James Krüss

    Dec. at 71 (1926-1997)

    BirthplaceHeligoland, Germany

    James Krüss (31 May 1926 – 2 August 1997) was a German writer of children's and picture books,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Friedrich Schiller

    Dec. at 46 (1759-1805)

    BirthplaceMarbach am Neckar, Germany

    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈkʁɪstɔf ˈfʁiːdʁɪç fɔn ˈʃɪlɐ]; 10... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Dec. at 83 (1749-1832)

    BirthplaceFree City of Frankfurt

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Johannes Theodor Baargeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Germany

    Johannes Theodor Baargeld

    Dec. at 35 (1892-1927)

    BirthplaceSzczecin, Poland

    Johannes Theodor Baargeld was a pseudonym of Alfred Emanuel Ferdinand Grünwald (9 October 1892... more on Wikipedia