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List of famous poets, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top poets in the world? This includes the most prominent poets, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable poets is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic poets were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned poets.

Items here include everything from Bob Dylan to Paul McCartney.

From reputable, prominent, and well known poets to the lesser known poets of today, these are some of the best professionals in the poet field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous poets ever?" and "What are the names of famous poets?" then you're in the right place. (1851 items)

Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Poets
Ezra Pound Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a ...more

Homer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Poets
Homer 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

Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Poets
Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is ...more

John Keats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Poets
John Keats John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in ...more

Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Poets
Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of ...more

Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen ...more

Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Poets
Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not ...more

James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Poets
James Baldwin James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son, explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of ...more

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Poets
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Poets
Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Poets
Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, ...more

Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Poets
Charles Bukowski Henry Charles Bukowski was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and beautiful economic ambience of his home city of ...more

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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Poets
Arthur Rimbaud Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet born in Charleville, Ardennes. He influenced modern literature and arts, inspired various musicians, and prefigured surrealism. He started writing ...more

Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Poets
Federico García Lorca Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more

Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Poets
Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster ...more

Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Poets
Charles Baudelaire Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal, ...more

Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dylan Thomas Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion", the "Play ...more

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dante Alighieri Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is ...more

John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Poets
John Lithgow John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe ...more

Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Poets
Agatha Christie Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for ...more

James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Poets
James Joyce James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known ...more

Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Poets
Buckminster Fuller Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more

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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Poets
Allen Ginsberg Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, ...more

Andrea Jeremiah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Poets
Andrea Jeremiah Andrea Jeremiah is an Indian actress, playback singer and occasional music composer, who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Beginning her career singing playback, Andrea has gone on to ...more

Henry David Thoreau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Poets
Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, sage writer and philosopher. He is best known for his book Walden, a ...more

Alice Walker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Poets
Alice Walker Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author and activist. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...more

George Gordon Byron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Poets
George Gordon Byron George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. ...more

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Poets
F. Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American ...more

August Strindberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Poets
August Strindberg Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four ...more

Clive James is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Poets
Clive James Clive James AO CBE is an Australian-British author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and ...more

C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Poets
C. S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis, commonly known as C. S. Lewis, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. Born ...more

Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Poets
Aleister Crowley Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley was a British occultist, writer and mystic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central ...more

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Friedrich Schiller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Poets
Friedrich Schiller Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life, Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, ...more

H. P. Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Poets
H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft —known as H. P. Lovecraft—was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in ...more

George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Poets
George Santayana Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana was raised and educated in the United ...more

Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Poets
Jim Carroll James Dennis "Jim" Carroll was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which ...more

Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Poets
Anne Sexton Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Themes of her poetry include her long ...more

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Jean Cocteau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Poets
Jean Cocteau Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles, and the films Blood ...more

Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Poets
Frank O'Hara Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York ...more

Henrik Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Poets
Henrik Ibsen Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism ...more

Dulce María is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dulce María Dulce María Espinosa Saviñón is a Mexican actress and singer-songwriter. She's been part of several music projects, most notably pop group RBD from 2004 to 2009, which ...more

Charlotte Brontë is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Poets
Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She ...more

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Poets
Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny, Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home ...more

Carl Sandburg is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Poets
Carl Sandburg Carl August Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was ...more

Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Poets
Anthony Burgess John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more

Eugene McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Poets
Eugene McCarthy Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy was an American politician, poet, and a long-time member of the United States Congress from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from ...more

Dorothy Parker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, ...more

John Ashbery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Poets
John Ashbery John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his ...more

Hart Crane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Poets
Hart Crane Harold Hart Crane was an American poet. Finding both inspiration and provocation in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Crane wrote modernist poetry that was difficult, highly stylized, and ambitious in ...more

Giacomo Leopardi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Poets
Giacomo Leopardi Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal ...more