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List of Famous Poets

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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. {#nodes}
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  • Homer
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  • Jack Kerouac
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  • John Keats
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  • Edgar Allan Poe
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  • Hans Christian Andersen
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  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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  • Arthur Conan Doyle
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
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  • Arthur Rimbaud
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  • Federico García Lorca
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  • Geoffrey Chaucer
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  • Dylan Thomas
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  • Dante Alighieri
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  • Agatha Christie
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  • James Joyce
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