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

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Alexandros Rizos Rangavis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 83 (1809-1892) Alexandros Rizos Rangavis or Alexander Rizos Rangabe, was a Greek man of letters, poet and statesman.

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Angelos Sikelianos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 67 (1884-1951) Angelos Sikelianos was a Greek lyric poet and playwright. He wrote on national history, religious symbolism, and universal harmony in poems such as The Light-Shadowed, Prologue to Life, Mother ...more

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Antonis Fostieris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 65 Andonis Fostieris is a Greek poet. He studied Law at the University of Athens and History of Law at Sorbonne, Paris. Since 1981, he is co-editor and director of the literary periodical Η λέξη. ...more

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Athos Dimoulas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 64 (1921-1985) Athos Dimoulas was an award-winning Greek poet. He studied civil engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and abroad, and worked for the Hellenic State Railways from 1944 to ...more

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Christoforos Liontakis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 73 Christoforos Liontakis is an award winning Greek poet and translator. He read Law at the University of Athens and Philosophy of Law at Sorbonne, Paris. His first collection of poems was ...more

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Costas Evangelatos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 61 Costas Evangelatos is a Greek artist and poet born in Argostoli in 1957 but he is originated by his father side from Lixouri, Kefalonia. He studied law at Athens University, painting and ...more

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Costas Montis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 90 (1914-2004) Costas Montis was an influential and prolific Cypriot poet, novelist, and playwright.

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Dimitris Lyacos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 51 Dimitris Lyacos is a contemporary Greek poet and playwright. He was born and raised in Athens where he studied Law. From 1988-1991 he lived in Venice, then moved to London, studied philosophy at ...more

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Dimitris P. Kraniotis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Greece

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Dionysios Solomos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 59 (1798-1857) Dionysios Solomos was a Greek poet from Zakynthos. He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty, of which the first two stanzas, set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros, became the Greek national ...more

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George Seferis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 71 (1900-1971) Giorgos or George Seferis, the pen name of Georgios Seferiades, was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate. He was a career ...more

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Georgios Drossinis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 92 (1859-1951) Georgios Drosinis is a Greek writer and poet.

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Georgios Souris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 67 (1852-1919) Georgios Souris is a Greek poet.

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Giorgos Markopoulos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 67 Giorgos Markopoulos is a Greek poet. He read Economics and Statistics at the University of Piraeus. He belongs to the so-called Genia tou 70, which is a literary term referring to Greek authors ...more

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Homerus, best known as his anglicised name Homer, is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author ...more

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Jenny Mastoraki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 69 Jenny Mastoraki is a Greek poet and translator. She read Philology at the University of Athens. She belongs to the Genia tou 70, a group of Greek authors who began publishing their work during ...more

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Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke age 79 Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke is a Greek poet.

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Katina Papa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 56 (1903-1959) Katina Papa was a Greek author. She became well known for her poetry and novels. She was born in the village of Janicat in the Ottoman Empire, now modern southern Albania. Her family had to find ...more

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Kiki Dimoula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 86 Kiki Dimoula is a Greek poet.

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Kostas Ouranis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 63 (1890-1953) Kostas Ouranis was an acclaimed Greek poet, travel writer and journalist.

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Kostas Papageorgiou is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 73 Kostas Papageorgiou is an acclaimed Greek poet and critic. He read Law and Philology and worked as a lawyer from 1972 to 1978. Since then, he is involved only in literature-related employment. ...more

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Kostis Gimossoulis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 58 Kostis Gimossoulis is a Greek poet and novelist. He read Law at the University of Athens. He is also a draughtsman and watercolorist, and Μαύρος Χρυσός, a book he published in 2001, contains ...more

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Kostis Palamas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 84 (1859-1943) Kostis Palamas was a Greek poet who wrote the words to the Olympic Hymn. He was a central figure of the Greek literary generation of the 1880s and one of the cofounders of the so-called New ...more

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Lefteris Poulios is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 74 Lefteris Poulios is a Greek poet. He belongs to the so-called 1970s Generation, which is a literary term referring to Greek authors who began publishing their work during the 1970s, and ...more

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Manolis Pratikakis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 75 Manolis Pratikakis is an award winning Greek poet. He read Medicine at the University of Athens and he is a practicing neurologist and psychiatrist. His first collection of poems was published ...more

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Manolis Xexakis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 70 Manolis Xexakis is a Greek poet and prose writer. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Thessaloniki. He has worked as a journalist, teacher, and also in advertising.

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Maria Laina is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 71 Maria Laina is an award winning Greek poet. She read Law at the University of Athens, but she did not practice it, and has worked instead as a translator, critic, screenwriter, copy editor, ...more

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Nikos Kazantzakis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 74 (1883-1957) Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael ...more

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Odysseas Elytis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 85 (1911-1996) Odysseas Elytis was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. In 1979 the Nobel Prize in Literature was bestowed on him, making him the only Nobel laureate born ...more

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Olga Broumas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 68 Olga Broumas is a Greek poet, resident in the United States.

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Panagiotis Soutsos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 62 (1806-1868) Panagiotis Soutsos, was a Greek newspaper editor, journalist, author, and poet of the romantic school, born in Constantinople. He was an admirer of the ancient Greek tradition, while he used an ...more

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Panos Koutrouboussis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 81 Panos Koutrouboussis is a Greek writer and artist. He studied film directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia at Rome. He worked as an assistant director and assistant producer in ...more

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Sotiris Trivizas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 58 Sotiris Trivizas is a Greek poet, essayist and translator. He read Philology and journalism in Thessaloniki. He is a member of the Porfiras literary magazine editorial board.

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Spyridon Vassiliadis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 32 (1845-1877) Spyridon Vassiliadis was a Greek poet and a theatrical writer. He studied law other than his writings. He wrote many poetic books and theatrical works in which many were translated into French. ...more

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Stefanos Tassopoulos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 79 Stefanos Tassopoulos is a Greek novelist, playwright and poet. He read Law at the University of Athens; he also studied Theatre and journalism and worked as a journalist.

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Stratis Paschalis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 60 Stratis Paschalis is an award winning Greek poet, novelist and translator. He read Political Science at the Law School of the University of Athens. His first collection of poems was published in ...more

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Tasos Vidouris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Tasos Vidouris Died at 79 (1888-1967) Tasos Vidouris was a Greek poet and author. He was born in the village of Dhrovjani in modern southern Albania. After finishing ground studies in his village Vidouris entered the Phanar Greek ...more

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Vassilis Steriadis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 56 (1947-2003) Vassilis Steriadis was a Greek poet and critic. He read Law at the University of Athens and Italian at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. He worked as a lawyer until 2002. From 1969 ...more

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Yannis Kondos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 75 Yannis Kondos is an award winning Greek poet. He read Economics at the University of Piraeus. He founded the bookshop Ηνίοχος in 1971, along with Thanassis Niarchos. Since 1975, he has been ...more

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Yannis Ritsos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 81 (1909-1990) Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek Resistance during World War II.

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Yannis Varveris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
Died at 56 (1955-2011) Yannis Varveris was an award winning Greek poet, critic and translator. Varveris was born and died in Athens. He read Law at the University of Athens. His first collection of poems was published ...more

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Yiannis Patilis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Poets from Greece
age 71 Yiannis Patilis is a Greek poet.