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

This list below has a variety of people in it, from J. R. R. Tolkien to Antjie Krog.

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

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Antjie Krog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets from South Africa
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Antjie Krog is a South African poet, academic, and writer. In 2004 she joined the Arts faculty of the University of the Western Cape. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 65

Birthplace: Kroonstad

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Breyten Breytenbach is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from South Africa
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Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer and painter of great eminence. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans speaking South Africans of the region. He also holds French citizenship. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 78

Birthplace: Bonnievale, Western Cape

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David Wright is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from South Africa
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David John Murray Wright was an author and "an acclaimed South African-born poet". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Dennis Brutus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets from South Africa
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Dennis Vincent Brutus was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have apartheid South Africa banned from the Olympic Games. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1924-2009)

Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

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