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Famous Poets from Italy

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

Famous Italian writers of poems include everything from Roberto Benigni to Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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

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Ada Negri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 75 (1870-1945)
Ada Negri (3 February 1870 – 11 January 1945) was an Italian poet and writer.
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Adriano Banchieri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 66 (1568-1634)
Adriano Banchieri (Bologna, 3 September 1568 – Bologna, 1634) was an Italian composer, music theorist, organist and poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He founded the Accademia ...more
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Aldo Palazzeschi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1885-1974)
Aldo Palazzeschi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈaldo palatˈtseski]; 2 February 1885 – 17 August 1974) was the pen name of Aldo Giurlani, an Italian novelist, poet, journalist and essayist.
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Alessandro Manzoni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 88 (1785-1873)
Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Antonio Manzoni (UK: , US: , Italian: [alesˈsandro manˈdzoːni]; 7 March 1785 – 22 May 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The ...more
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Alfonso Gatto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 67 (1909-1976)
Alfonso Gatto was an Italian author. Along with Giuseppe Ungaretti and Eugenio Montale, he is one of the foremost Italian poets of the 20th century and a major exponent of hermetic poetry.
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Andrea Leone Tottola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Andrea Leone Tottola (died 15 September 1831) was a prolific Italian librettist, best known for his work with Gaetano Donizetti and Gioachino Rossini. It is not known when or where he was born. ...more
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Andrea Maffei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 87 (1798-1885)
Andrea Maffei (1798 – 1885) was an Italian poet, translator and librettist. He was born in Molina di Ledro, Trentino. A follower of Vincenzo Monti, he formed part of the 19th-century Italian ...more
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Andrea Stefani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1375-1460)
Andrea Stefani was a composer, singer and poet.
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Andrea Zanzotto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 90 (1921-2011)
Andrea Zanzotto (10 October 1921 – 18 October 2011) was an Italian poet.
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Antonio Cornazzano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1430-1484)
Antonio Cornazzano (c. 1430 in Piacenza – 1484 in Ferrara) was an Italian poet, writer, biographer, and dancing master.
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Antonio Porta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 54 (1935-1989)
Antonio Porta (the pen-name of Leo Paolazzi) was an author and poet and one of the founders of the Italian literary movement Gruppo 63.
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Antonio Salvi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 60 (1664-1724)
Antonio Salvi (17 January 1664 – 21 May 1724) was an Italian physician, court poet and librettist. He was in the service of the ducal court in Florence and the favourite librettist of Prince ...more
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Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 50 (1543-1593)
Antonio Veneziano (1543 - 19 August 1593) was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in the Sicilian language. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni ...more
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Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 76 (1842-1918)
Arrigo Boito (Italian: [arˈriːɡo ˈbɔito]; 24 February 1842 – 10 June 1918) (whose original name was Enrico Giuseppe Giovanni Boito and who wrote essays under the anagrammatic pseudonym of Tobia ...more
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Attilio Bertolucci is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)
Attilio Bertolucci (18 November 1911 – 14 June 2000) was an Italian poet and writer. He is father to film directors Bernardo and Giuseppe Bertolucci.
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Battista Malatesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 67 (1383-1450)
Battista Malatesta (c. 1384 – 1448), also known as Battista di Montefeltro forename also called Baptista, was an Italian Renaissance poet.
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Carlo Emilio Gadda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1893-1973)
Carlo Emilio Gadda (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo eˈmiːljo ˈɡadda]; November 14, 1893 – May 21, 1973) was an Italian writer and poet. He belongs to the tradition of the language innovators, ...more
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Cesare Pascarella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)
Cesare Pascarella (28 April 1858 - 8 May 1940), was an Italian dialect poet and a painter. He was appointed to the Royal Academy of Italy in 1930. Pascarella was born in Rome and initially was a ...more
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Cesare Pavese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 42 (1908-1950)
Cesare Pavese (UK: pav-AY-zay, -⁠zee, Italian: [ˈtʃeːzare paˈveːze, ˈtʃɛː-, -eːse]; 9 September 1908 – 27 August 1950) was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator. He is widely ...more
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Claudio Lolli is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
age 68
Claudio Lolli (March 28, 1950 – August 17, 2018) was an Italian singer-songwriter, poet, writer and secondary school teacher.
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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 56 (1265-1321)
Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri (Italian: [duˈrante deʎʎ aliˈɡjɛːri]; Latin: Dantes), commonly known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or simply as Dante (, also US: , Italian: [ˈdante]; ...more
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Edmondo De Amicis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 62 (1846-1908)
Edmondo De Amicis (Italian pronunciation: [edˈmondo de aˈmiːtʃis]; 21 October 1846 – 11 March 1908) was an Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer. His best-known book is ...more
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Edoardo Sanguineti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)
Edoardo Sanguineti was a Genoese poet, writer and academic; universally considered one of the major Italian authors of the second half of twentieth century.
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Elio Pagliarani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Elio Pagliarani Dec. at 85 (1927-2012)
Elio Pagliarani (25 May 1927 – 8 March 2012) was an Italian poet and literary critic, who belonged to the avant-garde Gruppo 63 movemement. He was born in Viserba, near Rimini. Pagliarani ...more
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Eugenio Montale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1896-1981)
Eugenio Montale (Italian: [euˈdʒɛːnjo monˈtaːle]; 12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in