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

List people range from Aleksandr Pushkin to Maya Deren.

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

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Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 38 (1799-1837)
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more
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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolsto... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 58 (1817-1875)
Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, often referred to as A. K. Tolstoy, was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright, considered to be the most important nineteenth-century Russian historical ...more
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Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 62 (1883-1945)
Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, nicknamed the Comrade Count, was a Russian and Soviet writer who wrote in many genres but specialized in science fiction and historical novels. He served on an ...more
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Alexander Galich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 59 (1918-1977)
Alexander Galich was a Russian poet, screenwriter, playwright, singer-songwriter, and dissident.
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Alexander Sumarokov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 60 (1717-1777)
Alexander Petrovich Sumarokov was a Russian poet and playwright who single-handedly created classical theatre in Russia, thus assisting Mikhail Lomonosov to inaugurate the reign of classicism in ...more
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Alexander Vertinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 68 (1889-1957)
Alexander Nikolayevich Vertinsky was a Russian and Soviet artist, poet, singer, composer, cabaret artist and actor who exerted seminal influence on the Russian tradition of artistic singing.
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Anatoly Marienhof is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 65 (1897-1962)
Anatoly Borisovich Marienhof or Mariengof was a Russian poet, novelist and playwright. He was one of the leading figures of Imaginism. Now he is mostly remembered for his memoirs that depict ...more
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Andrei Voznesensky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 77 (1933-2010)
Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky was a Soviet and Russian poet and writer who had been referred to by Robert Lowell as "one of the greatest living poets in any language." He was one of ...more
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Anna Akhmatova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 77 (1889-1966)
Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Akhmatova's work ranges from short ...more
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Bella Akhmadulina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 73 (1937-2010)
Izabella Akhatovna "Bella" Akhmadulina was a Soviet and Russian poet, short story writer, and translator, known for her apolitical writing stance. She was part of the Russian New Wave ...more
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Boris Kochno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 86 (1904-1990)
Boris Evgenievich Kochno or Kokhno was a Russian poet, dancer and librettist. Kochno was born in Moscow, Russia, on 3 January 1904. His father served as a colonel in the hussars. He studied at ...more
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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 70 (1890-1960)
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more
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Dmitry Khvostov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 78 (1757-1835)
Count Dmitry Ivanovich Khvostov, was a Russian poet, representing the late period of classicism in Russian literature. Count Khvostov, as he was widely known, was an exceedingly prolific author ...more
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Dmitry Merezhkovsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 76 (1865-1941)
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky was a Russian novelist, poet, religious thinker, and literary critic. A seminal figure of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry, regarded as a co-founder of the ...more
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Dmitry Strelnikov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
age 50
Dmitry Aleksandrovich Strelnikov is a Russian and Polish writer, biologist and a journalist for television, radio and the press, living in Poland; the graduate of The Correspondence Course of ...more
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Dmitry Vodennikov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
age 50
Dmitry Vodennikov is a Russian poet and essayist. In 2002, he was named as one of the ten best living Russian poets in a poll of 110 leading Russian poets and critics, being one of just two ...more
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Elena Shvarts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 62 (1948-2010)
Elena Andreyevna Shvarts was a Russian poet. Born in Leningrad, where she lived her entire life, Shvarts attended the University of Tartu, where her first poems were published in the university ...more
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Esper Ukhtomsky is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 60 (1861-1921)
Prince Esper Esperovich Ukhtomsky, Эспер Эсперович Ухтомский was a poet, publisher and Oriental enthusiast in late Tsarist Russia. He was a close confidant of Tsar Nicholas II and accompanied ...more
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Genrikh Sapgir is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 71 (1928-1999)
Genrikh Sapgir was a Russian poet and fiction writer of Jewish descent.
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Gosha Kutsenko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
age 48
Yuriy Georgiyevich Kutsenko, better known as Gosha Kutsenko, is a Russian actor, producer, singer, poet, and screenwriter. In 2008, he joined the United Russia party. Kutsenko has appeared in ...more
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Grand Duke Constantine Constan... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 57 (1858-1915)
Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia was a grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet and playwright of some renown. He wrote under pen name "K.R.", initials of ...more
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Irena Ginzburg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Irena Ginzburg
Irena Ginzburg is the wife of Alexander Zhurbin.
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Joseph Brodsky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 56 (1940-1996)
Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was a Russian and American poet and essayist. Born in Leningrad in 1940, Brodsky ran afoul of Soviet authorities and was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, ...more
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Konstantin Balmont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 75 (1867-1942)
Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont was a Russian symbolist poet, translator, one of the major figures of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry.
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Lev Aleksandrovich Mey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Poets from Russia
Dec. at 40 (1822-1862)
Lev Aleksandrovich Mei was a Russian dramatist and poet.