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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. (1850 items)
Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Poets
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement. His contribution to poetry ...more

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Poets
Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient ...more

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Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Poets
Jack Kerouac (; born Jean-Louis Kérouac (though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac); March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet of ...more

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John Keats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Poets
John Keats (; 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) 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 ...more

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Poets
Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his ...more

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Poets
Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is ...more

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Hans Christian Andersen ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Poets
Hans Christian Andersen (; Danish: [hæns kʁæstjæn ˈanɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, ...more

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James Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Poets
James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, playwright, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goet... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Poets
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, also US: GURT-ə, GAYT-ə, -⁠ee; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works ...more

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Poets
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer, who created the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the ...more

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Friedrich Nietzsche is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Poets
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (, German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈniːtʃə] (listen) or [- ˈniːtsʃə]; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, ...more

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Charles Bukowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Poets
Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-American poet, novelist, and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, ...more

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Arthur Rimbaud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Poets
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (UK: , US: ; French: [aʁtyʁ ʁɛ̃bo] (listen); 20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet known for his influence on modern literature and arts, which ...more

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Federico García L... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Poets
Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel saˈɣɾaðo koɾaˈθon de xeˈsuz ɣaɾˈθi.a ˈloɾka]; 5 June 1898 – 19 August ...more

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Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Poets
Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English poet and author. Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, he is best known for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer ...more

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Charles Baudelaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Poets
Charles Pierre Baudelaire (UK: , US: ; French: [ʃaʁl bodlɛʁ] (listen); 9 April 1821 – 31 August 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering ...more

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Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall ...more

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Poets
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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John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Poets
John Arthur Lithgow (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, poet, author, and singer. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony ...more

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Poets
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story ...more

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Poets
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, teacher, and literary critic. He contributed to the modernist avant-garde and ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Poets
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Allen Ginsberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Poets
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s ...more

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Andrea Jeremiah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Poets
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Henry David Thoreau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Poets
Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, ...more

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