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Famous Poets from Switzerland

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

List contains people like Hermann Hesse and Philippe Jaccottet.

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

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  • Albert Steffen (December 10, 1884, Wynau, Switzerland – July 13, 1963, Dornach, Switzerland) was a poet, painter, dramatist, essayist, and novelist. He joined the Theosophical Society in Germany in 1910, and the Anthroposophical Society in 1912 and became its president after the death of its founder, Rudolf Steiner, in 1925. Steffen was chief editor of the society's journal, Das Goetheanum, from 1921-1963.Steffen wrote many plays (Hiram and Solomon, Manes' Experience of Death), novels (Oasis of Humanity, The Renewal of the Association), and essays (The Artist Between West and East). Other than a volume of poetry published with the American poet Percy MacKaye, containing both of their poetry...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1884-1963)
    • Birthplace: Wynau, Switzerland
  • Alexander Baumgartner (born in St. Gall, Switzerland, 27 June 1841; died Luxembourg, 1910) was a poet and writer on the history of literature. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1841-1910)
    • Birthplace: St. Gallen, Switzerland
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    Frédéric-Louis Sauser (1 September 1887 – 21 January 1961), better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss-born novelist and poet who became a naturalized French citizen in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the European modernist movement....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1887-1961)
    • Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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    Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler (24 April 1845 – 29 December 1924) was a Swiss poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919 "in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring". His work includes both pessimistic and heroic poems....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)
    • Birthplace: Liestal, Switzerland