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. O. (or Pi O, born 1951) is an Australian, working class, anarchist, poet of Greek origin.
Sean O'Brien (born 19 December 1952 in London) is a British poet, critic, playwright. Prizes he has garnered include the Eric Gregory Award (1979), the Somerset Maugham Award (1984), the Cholmondeley Award (1988), the Forward Poetry Prize (2001 and 2007) and the T. S. Eliot Prize (2007). He is one of only two poets (the other being John Burnside ) to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same collection of poems (The Drowned Book). He grew up in Hull, was educated at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge and has lived in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1990.
Patrick O'Connell (1944–2005) was a Canadian poet .
Mark O'Connor (born 19 March 1945) is an Australian poet, writer, and environmental activist. He has published several books of poetry on regions of Australia such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, often collaborating with renowned nature photographers. He has also written two books on the issue of overpopulation, This Tired Brown Land (1998) and, more recently, Overloading Australia (2008, co-written by William J. Lines ).
Bernard Patrick O'Dowd (11 April 1866 – 1 September 1953) was an Australian activist, educator, poet, journalist, and author of several law books and poetry books. O'Dowd worked as an assistant-librarian and later Chief Parliamentary Draughtsman in the Supreme Court at Melbourne for 48 years; he was also a co-publisher and writer for the radical paper Tocsin. Bernard O'Dowd lived to age 87.
Dennis O’Driscoll (born 1954) is an Irish poet.. Irish poet
Ernest Francis "Kodak" O'Ferrall (16 November 1881 – 22 March 1925) was a popular Australian poet and short story writer born in East Melbourne .
An American poet who was a key member of what was known as the New York School of poetry.. American writer poet and art critic; New York School
John Bernard O'Hara (29 October 1862 - 31 March 1927) was an Australian poet and schoolmaster.
Theodore O'Hara (February 11, 1820 - June 6, 1867) was a poet and an officer for the United States Army in the Mexican-American War, and a Confederate colonel in the American Civil War. He is best known for the poems The Bivouac of the Dead, which is quoted in many cemeteries, and The Old Pioneer.
Michael O'Leary is a New Zealand publisher, poet, novelist, performer, and bookshop proprietor. He publishes under the imprint Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, which he founded in 1984. He runs a bookshop, Kakariki Books, from the Paekakariki Railway Station.
Heather O'Neill is a Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, screenwriter and journalist. She was born in Montreal, but is of Southern American descent and spent part of her childhood in the American South. She currently lives in Montreal.
O'Neill, Mary Devenport
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Mary Devenport O'Neill (3 August 1879 – 1967) was an Irish poet and dramatist and a friend and colleague of W. B. Yeats, George Russell ,and Austin Clarke .
Dowell Philip O'Reilly (18 July 1865 - 5 November 1923) was an Australian poet, short story writer and politician.
O'Shaughnessy, Arthur
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Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy (14 March 1844 – 30 January 1881) was a British poet of Irish descent, born in London.
Maggie O'Sullivan (born 1951) is a British poet, performer and visual artist associated with the British Poetry Revival .
Seumas or Seamus O'Sullivan, real name James Sullivan Starkey, (17 July 1879 - 24 March 1958) was an Irish poet and editor of The Dublin Magazine. He was born in Dublin and spent his adult life in the suburb of Rathgar. In 1926 he married the artist Estella Solomons, sister of Bethel Solomons .
Manohar Shankar Oak (Devanagari) (May 27, 1933 – May 11, 1993) was a Marathi poet, novelist, and translator from Maharashtra, India .
Obaidullah, Abu Zafar
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Abu Zafar Obaidullah (Bengali: 1934–2001), a career civil servant by profession, was a first-rank poet of Bangladesh. Two of his long poems, namely, 'Aami-Kingbodontir-Kathaa Bolchi' and 'Bristi O Shahosi Purush-er Jonyo Pranthona' have gained legendary renowence since their first publicaiton in late 1970s.
René de Obaldia (b. October 22, 1918 in Hong Kong ) is a French playwright and poet. He was elected to the Académie française June 24, 1999.
Rafael Obligado (January 27, 1851 - March 8, 1920) was an Argentine poet and playwright .
Oehlenschläger, Adam Gottlob
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Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (14 November 1779 – 20 January 1850) was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism into Danish literature.
of Rhodes, Apollonius
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Apollonius Rhodius, also known as Apollonius of Rhodes (Latin; Greek p d Apollnios Rhódios), early 3rd century BCE - after 246 BCE, was a poet, and a librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He is best known for his epic poem the Argonautica, which told the mythological story of Jason and the Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece, and which is one of the chief works in the history of epic poetry.
John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) (24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), born Juan de Yepes Alvarez, was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.. Spanish mystic and poet
Einion Offeiriad (“Einion the Priest”) (d. 1356) was a Welsh language poet and grammarian.
Ronald C. “Ron” Offen (October 2, 1930—August 9, 2010) was an American poet, playwright, critic, editor, and theater producer. He received an A.A. from Wright College in Chicago and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.. American poet playwright critic editor and theater producer
Lieutenant-General Mori Ogai ( / , February 17, 1862 – July 8, 1922) was a Japanese Army Surgeon general officer, translator, novelist and poet. Gan (, The Wild Geese , (1911–13)) is considered his major work.
William Henry Ogilvie (21 August 1869 – 30 January 1963) was a Scottish - Australian narrative poet and horseman. He was born near Kelso, Borders, Scotland and arrived in Australia in 1889 returning to Scotland after a decade.
The name Olu Oguibe, PhD., is legend in intellectual circles in Nigeria, most notably at the University of Nigeria where he set all sorts of academic records that continue to confound. The author of A Gathering Fear, A Song from Exile and Songs for Catalina, all collections of poetry, Olu has won all shades of grants, scholarships, academic and literary awards, including the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Literature. Perhaps his most haunting poem, I Am Bound to This Land by Blood, is an anthem to the muses of pain and protest at literary gatherings. Oguibe is also a poet of the canvass, a visual artist who has had solo exhibitions the world over since 1988.
Tanure Ojaide (born 1948) is a prolific Nigerian poet and writer. He is noted for his unique stylistic vision and for his intense criticism of imperialism, religion, and other issues.
Krittibas Ojha (Bengali) or Kirttibas Ojha (Bengali) (1381–1461) was a medieval Bengali poet. His major contribution to Bengali literature and culture was the translation of the great Indian epic Ramayana to Bengali. His work, the Sri Ram Panchali, is popularly known as the Krittivasi Ramayan. In 1803, his work, edited by Jaygopal Tarkalamkar, was published by the Serampore Mission Press.
African poet, born in Accra, Ghana, educated there and at the Gorki Institute in Moscow, and the University of London where he studied Russian literature.
Gabriel Okara (born 24 April 1921)is a Nigerian poet and novelist who was born in Bomoundi in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. In 1979, he was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize .
Odoh Diego Okenyodo is a Nigerian writer, pharmacist, activist poet and journalist, who was one of the founders of Kaduna Writers' League, KWL. He co-edited CAMOUFLAGE: BEST OF CONTEMPORARY WRITING FROM NIGERIA, an anthology of new Nigerian writers. The anthology included works by the most renowned contemporary Nigerian writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Helon Habila .
Christopher Ifekandu Okigbo (1930–1967) was a Nigerian poet, who died fighting for the independence of Biafra. He is today widely acknowledged as the outstanding postcolonial English-language African poet and one of the major modernist writers of the twentieth century.
Fujiwara no Okikaze ( , dates unknown) was a middle Heian waka poet and Japanese nobleman. He is designated as a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals and one of his poems is included in the famous anthology Hyakunin Isshu .
Ilija Okrugic-Srijemac (May 12, 1827, Sremski Karlovci - May 30, 1897, Petrovaradin ) was a Croatian poet and play wright from Syrmia, one of members of Croatian national renaissance and a Catholic priest .
Yamanoue no Okura () (660–733) was a Japanese poet, the best known for his poems of children and commoners. He was a member of Japanese missions to Tang China. He was also a contributor to the Man'yoshu and his writing had a strong Chinese influence. Unlike other Japanese poetry of the time, his work emphasizes a morality based on the teachings of Confucius. He was perhaps born in 660 because his fifth volume, published in 733, has a sentence saying "in this year, I am 74".
Olatubosun Oladapo, (also known as Tubosun Oladapo, or Odidere Aiyekooto – the loquacious parrot ) b. September 1943, is a Yoruba language folk poet playwright, music producer, radio personality/broadcaster, writer, and researcher from Nigeria whose audience resides chiefly in South-West Nigeria, and speak Yoruba .
Sharon Olds is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She earned a BA at Stanford University and a PhD at Columbia University.
Olga Nolla (September 18, 1938 – July 30, 2001) (full name Olga Nolla Ramírez de Arellano ) was a Puerto Rican poet, writer, journalist, and professor .
Hamid Olimjon (Russified form Hamid Alimjan ) (Uzbek : ; Hamid Olimjon, Russian) (12 December, 1909 - 3 July, 1944) was an Uzbek poet, playwright, and literary translator of the Soviet period. He was influenced by Maxim Gorky and Vladimir Mayakovsky. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia considers his work full of "great artistic mastery". In addition to writing his own poetry, Hamid Olimjon translated the works of many famous foreign authors, such as Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Taras Shevchenko, and Mikhail Lermontov into the Uzbek language.
Antônio Mariano de Oliveira (April 5, 1855 — January 5, 1937) was a Brazilian poet, pharmacist and professor, more well known by his pen name Alberto de Oliveira. Alongside Olavo Bilac and Raimundo Correia, he comprised the Brazilian " Parnassian Triad".
Mary Oliver is an American poet who won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Born in a small town in Ohio, Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of 28; No Voyage and Other Poems, originally printed in the UK by Dent Press, was reissued in the United States in 1965 by Houghton Mifflin. Oliver has since published many works of poetry and prose.
W.H. Oliver is a New Zealand historian and poet, born in Feilding, on 14 May 1925, the son of Cornish immigrants. He studied at Victoria University of Wellington (MA) and completed a PhD at Oxford University in 1953. He returned to New Zealand and lectured at University of Canterbury and Victoria, before becoming inaugural professor of history at Massey University in 1965. He was made emeritus professor on leaving Massey in 1984 to become general editor of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. He has written extensively on New Zealand history and published several volumes of poetry. On 9 September 2008 he was honoured in the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement, Non-Fiction.
Juste Daniel Olivier (1807 - January 7, 1876), Swiss poet, was born near Nyon in the canton of Vaud ; he was brought up as a peasant, but studied at the college of Nyon, and later at the academy of Lausanne .
Sulev Oll (born March 17, 1964) is an Estonian journalist, sports historian and poet. He has worked for Postimees, a major Estonian newspaper. and is mentioned in the Estonian national biography. As a journalist and writer he is noted for his expertise in Estonian athletic history.
Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970), was a second generation American modernist poet who was a link between earlier figures such as Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Consequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He described himself not so much as a poet or writer but as "an archeologist of morning.". American modernist poet
Sheree-Lee Olson (born December 11, 1954) is a Canadian novelist, poet and journalist .
Mohamed Omar, born 1976, Swedish is a critic, essayist  and poet of Swedish-Iranian origin. Omar is the author of three collections of poetry. He was also the editor of the Muslim journal Minaret from 2006-2008.
Philip Michael Ondaatje, is a Sri Lankan -born Canadian novelist and poet. He won the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient, which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
Saishu Onoe (, Onoe Saishu) (1876-1957) was a Japanese tanka poet and calligrapher.. Japanese poet
Makoto Ooka ( , Ooka Makoto , born February 16, 1931 in Mishima, Shizuoka ) is a Japanese poet and literary critic. He pioneered the collaborative poetic form renshi in the 1990s, in which he has collaborated with such well-known literary figures as Charles Tomlinson, James Lasdun, Joseph Stanton and Mikiro Sasaki.
George Oppen (1908–1984),
Amir Or (born 1956 ), is an Israeli editor, translator and award-winning poet whose works have been published in more than 40 languages.
Shinobu Orikuchi ( , Orikuchi Shinobu , 11 February 1887–3 September 1953), also known as Choku Shaku ( , Shaku Choku ), was a Japanese ethnologist, linguist, folklorist, novelist, and poet. As a disciple of Kunio Yanagita, he established an original academic field named "Orikuchiism" (, Orikuchigaku ), which is a mixture of Japanese folklore, Japanese classics, and Shinto. He produced many works in a diversity of fields covering the history of literature, folkloric performing arts, folklore itself, Japanese language, the classics study, Shintoology, ancient study, and so on. Yukio Mishima once called him the "Japanese Walter Pater ".
Abdulla Oripov (Uzbek : Abdulla Oripov, ) is an Uzbek poet, politician, and literary translator. He was a member of the Supreme Assembly of Uzbekistan. Oripov became a National Poet of the Uzbek SSR in 1989. He is currently the head of the Writers’ Union of Uzbekistan. Oripov wrote the lyrics for the National Anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In addition to writing his own poetry, Abdulla Oripov has translated the works of many famous foreign poets, such as Alexander Pushkin, Dante Alighieri, Nizami Ganjavi, and Taras Shevchenko into the Uzbek language. Oripov has been a member of the Senate of Uzbekistan since 2005. In 1998, he was awarded the title Hero of Uzbekistan, the highest honorary title that can be bestowed on a citizen by Uzbekistan.
An American poet best known for being the lover of Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg.. American poet and actor; lifelong partner of Allen Ginsberg
Francis Arthur Ormsby (born Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 1947) is an Irish poet.
ormstunga, Gunnlaugur
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Gunnlaugr Ormstunga (i.e. "Serpent-Tongue" or "Wormtongue") was an Icelandic poet, born ca. 983. His life is described in Gunnlaugs saga ormstungu, where several of his poems are preserved.
Carlos Oroza is a Spanish poet who was born in Viveiro – Spain May 13, 1933.
Olga Orozco (1920-1999) (real name Olga Noemí Gugliotta ) was an Argentine poet born in Toay, La Pampa. She spent her childhood in Bahía Blanca until she was 16 years old and she moved to Buenos Aires with her parents where she initiated her career as a writer.
Gregory Orr (born 1947, Albany, NY) is an American poet. He received a B.A. degree from Antioch College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He is a professor of English at the University of Virginia where he founded the MFA Program in Writing in 1975, and served from 1978 to 2003 as Poetry Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is also a columnist and editor of the magazine, Sacred Bearings: A Journal for Survivors. He lives with his wife, the painter Trisha Orr, and their two daughters in Charlottesville, Virginia.. American poet
Országh-Hviezdoslav, Pavol
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Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (February 2, 1849 - November 8, 1921) was a Slovak poet, dramatist, translator and for a short time member of the Czechoslovak parliament. First, he wrote in traditional style, but later became influenced by parnassism and modernism .
Adalberto Ortiz (February 9, 1914 - February 1, 2003) was a novelist, poet and diplomat born in Esmeraldas, a province of Ecuador .
Juan Laurentino Ortiz (June 11, 1896 - September 2, 1978) was an Argentine poet, born in the town of Puerto Ruiz, Entre Ríos Province. He died in Paraná, capital of the same province, at the age of 82.
Ortiz, Juan Laurentino
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Juan Laurentino Ortiz (June 11, 1896 - September 2, 1978) was an Argentine poet, born in the town of Puerto Ruiz, Entre Ríos Province. He died in Paraná, capital of the same province, at the age of 82.
Judith Ortiz Cofer (born in 1952) is an acclaimed Puerto Rican author. Her work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and Young-adult fiction.. Puerto Rican poet and author
Baba Tahir, (var. Baba Taher Oryan Hamadani ) (Persian : ) was an 11th-century poet in Persian literature and an Iranian mystic. Most traditional sources call his dialect loosely Lori, while the name commonly applied from an early date to verses of this kind, Fahlaviyat. Roubène Abrahamian however found a close affinity with the dialect spoken at the present time by the Jews of Hamadan.
Dennis Chukude Osadebay (June 29, 1911—December 26, 1994) was a Nigerian politician, poet, journalist and former premier of the now defunct Mid-Western Region of Nigeria, which now comprises Edo and Delta State. He was one of the pioneering Nigerian poets who wrote in English .
Agnieszka Osiecka (October 9, 1936 in Warsaw, Poland – March 7, 1997) She was a poet, writer, author of theatre and television screenplays, film director and journalist. She was a prominent Polish songwriter, having authored the lyrics to more than 2000 songs, and is considered an icon of Polish culture.. Polish poet writer author of theatre and television screenplays film director and journalist
Paul van Ostaijen (22 February 1896 – 18 March 1928) was a Belgian poet and writer.
Alicia Suskin Ostriker (born November 11, 1937 ) is an American poet and scholar who writes Jewish feminist poetry. She was called "America's most fiercely honest poet," by Progressive.
Niyi Osundare (born in 1947 in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria ) is a prolific poet, dramatist and literary critic. He gained degrees at the University of Ibadan (BA), the University of Leeds (MA) and York University, Canada (PhD, 1979). Previously professor (from 1989) and Head of English (1993–97) at the University of Ibadan, he became professor of English at the University of New Orleans in 1997. Niyi has a wife, Kimi, and three children, two girls and a son who still lives in Nigeria. His deaf daughter is the real reason Niyi settled in the United States. She could not go to school in Nigeria so they found a school in the U.S. for her. They moved with her so Niyi and Kimi could be closer to her.
Alice Oswald (born 1966) is a British poet who won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002.. British poet; 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize
Mizuho Ota ( , Ota Mizuho , 9 December 1876 – 1 January 1955) was the pen-name of Teiichi Ota ( , Ota Teiichi ), a Japanese poet and scholar of Japanese literature, active in Showa period Japan. He also occasionally used another pen name, Mizuhonoya .
Edward Otho Cresap Ord, II
Otho Cresap Ord, II, Edward
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Edward Otho Cresap Ord, II (1858–1923), United States Army Major, inventor, painter, poet
Ottakoothar (Tamil :) was a Tamil court poet of three Chola kings, namely Vikrama Chola, Kulotunga II and Rajaraja II. He wrote poems in praise of these three kings, namely Vikrama Cholan Ula, Kulothunga Cholan Ula and Rajarajan Ula. Ottakoothar also wrote Kulothungan Pillai Tamil in praise of Chola king Kulothunga II and Saraswati Andhadhi in praise of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge. When some of his kinsmen who were employed as military officials requested him to write a work that praised their valor, he openly declined, saying that he would never do anything that would imply that one group was superior to another. This is taken [ by whom ] as an example of impartiality and unbiasedness. Ottakoothar also performed many divine acts like bringing back to life 1008 slain soldiers through the grace of goddess Kali, requesting lord Indra to hold back rains till skanda shashti festival in kanchipuram gets completed, singing lord Siva's praise in tiruvannamalai to enable two blind temple artists to get back their vision etc. He finally sang eti ezhupatthu in praise of some military officials in order to praise their services. Ottakoothar was a great devotee of lord siva at Thillai the modern Chidambaram.
Richard Daley Outram (April 9, 1930 – January 21, 2005) was a Canadian poet. Often regarded as a poet's poet, he wrote eleven commercially published books of poetry in addition to the many collections of poetry and prose published under the imprint of the Gauntlet Press. In 1999 he won the City of Toronto Book Award for his sequence of poems Benedict Abroad.
Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English -speaking world, was a Roman poet best known for the Metamorphoses, a 15-book continuous mythological narrative written in the meter of epic, and for collections of love poetry in elegiac couplets, especially the Amores ("Love Affairs") and Ars Amatoria ("Art of Love"). His poetry was much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and greatly influenced Western art and literature. The Metamorphoses remains one of the most important sources of classical mythology.
Gutun Owain (fl. 1456-1497) was a Welsh language poet. Gutun Owain was born near Oswestry in what is now north Shropshire and was a student of Dafydd ab Edmwnd .
Jan Owen (born 18 August 1940) is a contemporary Australian poet .
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