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Famous Poets: Beginning with the letter - Y

Famous poets whose last name begins with the letter Y. A collection of various famous poets.

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Yaghma, Heydar
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Heydar Yaghma (Persian : ; born 1926 - March 1986) was an Iranian poet .
Aizu Yaichi ( , August 1, 1881 - November 21, 1956) was a Japanese poet, calligrapher and historian.
Zvi Yair (Hebrew) is the pen-name of the Hebrew poet and Chassidic scholar, Rabbi Zvi Meir Steinmetz (Hebrew : ; 1915–2005). Zvi Yair was a Jewish poet who wrote in Hebrew .
Yakamochi, Otomo no
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Otomo no Yakamochi ( , c. 718 – October 5, 785) was a Japanese statesman and waka poet in the Nara period. He is a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals (, sanjurokkasen ). He was born into the prestigious Otomo clan; his grandfather was Otomo no Amaro and his father was Otomo no Tabito. Otomo no Kakimochi was his younger brother, and Otomo no Sakanoe no Iratsume his aunt. His granduncle is possibly Otomo no Komaro who came to Japan in the time of Empress Jito. [ clarification needed ]
Yalan-Shteklis, Miriam
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Miriam Yalan-Shteklis (Hebrew : - ) (b. 21 September 1900 - d. 9 May 1984) was an Israeli writer and poet famous for her children's books. Her surname, Yalan, was an acronym based on her father’s name, Yehuda Leib Nissan.
Ahmet Yalcinkaya
Yalcinkaya, Ahmet
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Ahmet Yalçınkaya (born December 1963) is a Turkish poet and academician.
Yalçinkaya, Ahmet
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Ahmet Yalçinkaya (born December 1963) is a Turkish poet and academician.
Yamada, Mitsuye
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Mitsuye Yamada (born July 5, 1923) is a Japanese American activist, feminist, essayist, poet, story writer, editor, and former professor of English.
Yamamura, Bocho
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Bocho Yamamura ( , Yamamura Bocho , January 10, 1884-December 8, 1924) was a Japanese writer, poet and song-writer.
Sansei Yamao (1938-28 August 2001) – Japanese poet.
Jiang Yan was a poet and cifu writer in the Southern Dynasty of China, who occupies an important position in the history of the Southern Dynasty literature.
Yankevich, Leo
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Leo Yankevich (born 30 October 1961) is an American poet and the editor of The New Formalist.. American poet and editor
Mei Yaochen (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Méi Yáochén; Wade-Giles: Mei Yao-ch'en) (1002–1060) was a poet of the Song dynasty. He was one of the pioneers of the "new subjective" style of poetry which characterized Song poetry.. Chinese poet of the Song dynasty
Yasbincek, Morgan
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Morgan Yasbincek (born 1964) is a contemporary Australian poet, novelist and academic .
Shadya Yasin (Somali : Shaadiyya Yaasiin, Arabic) is a Somali social activist, poet and teacher.
Rie Yasumi ( ) (born 1 March 1972 in Kobe, Hyogo ) is a Japanese senryu poet, a graduate of Otemae University. Her real name is Rieko Yasumi ( , Yasumi Rieko ) .
Yates, J. Michael
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J. Michael Yates (born April 10, 1938) is a Canadian poet and dramatist .
John Yau (born 1950) is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of poetry, artists' books, fiction, and art criticism.
Peyo Yavorov (Bulgarian: (.) ; born Peyo Totev Kracholov, ; January 1, 1878–October 17, 1914) was a Bulgarian Symbolist poet. He was considered to be one of the finest poetic talents in the fin de siècle Kingdom of Bulgaria. Yavorov was a prominent member of the Misal group. His life and work are closely connected with the liberation movement Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization in Macedonia. He was also a supporter of the Armenian Independence Movement, and wrote a number of poems about Armenians.. Bulgarian Symbolist poet
Yokoi Yayu ( , October 24, 1702 – July 15, 1783) was a Japanese samurai best known for his haibun, a scholar of Kokugaku, and haikai poet. He was born Yokoi Tokitsura ( ), and took the pseudonym Tatsunojo. His family are believed to be descendants of Hojo Tokiyuki .
yazdi, Farrokhi
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Mirza Mohammad Farrokhi Yazdi (1889–October 18, 1939) was an Iranian poet and senior politician of the Reza Pahlavi era.
William Butler Yeats (/ ' j e t s / ; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of American expatriate poet and Bollingen Prize laureate Ezra Pound. Yeats wrote the introduction for Gitanjali, which was about to be published by the India Society.
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Yeats, William Butler
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William Butler Yeats (/ ' j e t s / ; 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929). Yeats was a very good friend of American expatriate poet and Bollingen Prize laureate Ezra Pound. Yeats wrote the introduction for Gitanjali, which was about to be published by the India Society.
Yehoash (Blumgarten),
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Yehoash was the pen name for Solomon Blumgarten, also known as Solomon Bloomgarden (1870-1927), a Yiddish -language poet, scholar and Bible translator.
Kyun Yeo (, ) was a Korean poet, who was born on 20 September 917 and died on 19 July 973.
Yeong-hyeon, Kim
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Kim Yeong-hyeon is a modern Korean poet, novelist and publisher.
Sergei Yesenin
Yesenin, Sergei
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Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin (sometimes spelled as Esenin; Russian: ´ ´ ´; 3 October 1895 – 27 December 1925) was a Russian lyrical poet. He was one of the most popular and well-known Russian poets of the 20th century.. Russian lyrical poet
Khoja Ahmat Ysawi (Uzbek : Xoja Ahmad Yasaviy ; Kazakh : , also spelled Ahmad Yasawi, Ahmet Yasevi, Ahmed Yesevi or Ata Yesevi ) (born in Sayram in 1093, and died in 1166 in Hazrat-e Turkestan, both cities now in Kazakhstan), was a Turkic poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic), an early mystic who exerted a powerful influence on the development of mystical orders throughout the Turkic-speaking world. Yasavi is currently the earliest known Turkic poet who composed poetry in a Turkic dialect. Ahmed Yesevi was a pioneer of popular mysticism, founded the first Turkic tariqah (order), the Yasaviyya (Yeseviye), which very quickly spread over the Turkic-speaking areas.
Yeshurun, Avoth
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Avoth Yeshurun (Hebrew : , born 1904; died 1992), also Avot Yeshurun, was the pen name of Yehiel Perlmutter, an acclaimed modern Hebrew poet.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Yevtushenko, Yevgeny
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A Russian poet, whose work contains scathing attacks on the Russian bureaucracy.... Soviet and Russian poet novelist essayist dramatist screenwriter actor editor and film director
Jia Yi (, pinyin : Jia Yí; Chia I, Wade-Giles ; 200 BCE – 169 BCE) was a Chinese poet and statesman of the Han Dynasty. Jia Yi is known both for his general contributions in the history of fu poetry as well as for several of his surviving works. In particular, he is famous for his two fu, On the Owl and his Lament for Quyuan .
Yi-Ch'eng, Wang
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Wang Yucheng (or Yu-Ch'eng ) (, 954–1001) was a Chinese poet from Chuyeh in the Shandong province. He served in a government post and was known for forthright criticism of policies; this led to his eventual banishment to the South.
Wen Yiduo (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Wén Yiduo; Wade–Giles: Wen I-to; 24 November 1899–15 July 1946), born Wén Jiahuá, courtesy names Yousan, Youshan, was a Chinese poet and scholar.. Chinese poet
Wei Yingwu (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Wéi Yìngwù ) (737–792) (also transliterated into English "Wei Yinwu" or "Wei Yin-wu") was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Twelve of Wei's poems have been included in the Three Hundred Tang Poems anthology.
Chu Yo-han (14 October 1900 – 17 November 1979) was a twentieth-century Korean poet .
Yoda, Jun'ichi
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Jun'ichi Yoda (Yoda Jun'ichi June 25, 1905 in Fukuoka - February 3, 1997) was a Japanese poet and a leading figure among the Japanese children's book authors during the Showa period .
Yonatan, Natan
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Natan Yonatan (Hebrew : , born 20 September 1923, died 12 March 2004) was an Israeli poet.
Yong-Mok, Shin
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Shin Yong-Mok (Hangul) is an award-winning South Korean poet.
Manhae (August 29, 1879 – June 29, 1944) was a twentieth century Korean Buddhist reformer and poet. Manhae was his pen name ; his birth name was Han Yu-cheon, but he is universally known by the name he was given by his meditation instructor in 1907, Han Yong-un (Korean : or ; also written Han Yong-woon )
Yongming, Zhai
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Zhai Yongming (born 1955) is a Chinese poet from Chengdu. After being sent away for two years during the Cultural Revolution to do manual labor in the countryside, she returned to Chengdu.
Jean Yoon (born 1962) is a Canadian actress, poet and playwright, based in Toronto .
Yoon-sook, Moh
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Moh Yoon-sook (March 5, 1910 - June 7, 1990 ; Korean) is the best-known Korean female poet.
Yordanov, Nedyalko
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Nedyalko Yordanov (Bulgarian) (born 18 January 1940) is a famous Bulgarian poet, playwright, and publicist. He graduated from highschool in his hometown Burgas on the Black sea coast.In 1962 he graduated with a degree in bulgarian philology from the "St. Clement of Ohrid" Sofia University. Between 1962 and 1963 he worked as a teacher in Malko Tarnovo.
Yorimasa, Minamoto no
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Minamoto no Yorimasa ( ) (1106–1180) was a prominent Japanese poet whose works appeared in various anthologies. He served eight different emperors in his long career, holding posts such as hyogo no kami (head of the arsenal). He was also a warrior, leading the Minamoto armies at the beginning of the Genpei War .
Yoritomo, Onakatomi no
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Onakatomi no Yoritomo (c. 886–958, ) was a middle Heian period waka poet and Japanese nobleman. He is designated as a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals .
Akiko Yosano (, Yosano Akiko, 7 December 1878 - 29 May 1942) was the pen-name of a Japanese author, poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, active in the late Meiji period as well as the Taisho and early Showa periods of Japan. Her real name was Yosano Shô. She is one of the most famous, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan.. Japanese author poet feminist and pacifist
Yosano, Tekkan
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Tekkan Yosano ( or , Yosano Tekkan , 26 February 1873 - 26 March 1935) was the pen-name of Yosano Hiroshi, a Japanese author and poet active in late Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa period Japan. His wife was fellow author Yosano Akiko. Kaoru Yosano, cabinet minister and politician is his grandson.
Yoshimoto, Takaaki
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Takaaki Yoshimoto ( , Yoshimoto Takaaki , 25 November 1924 – 16 March 2012) also known as Ryumei Yoshimoto, was a Japanese poet, literary critic, and philosopher from Tokyo. He is the father of Japanese writer Banana Yoshimoto and of cartoonist Yoiko Haruno.
Yoshinobu, Onakatomi no
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Onakatomi no Yoshinobu (921–991, , also Onakatomi no Yoshinobu Ason ) was a middle Heian period waka poet and Japanese nobleman. His granddaughter was the famous later Heian poet Ise no Taiu. He is designated as a member of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals, and one of his poems is included in the famous Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, but one theory holds that his entry in this anthology was not actually written by him.
Lu You (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Lù Yóu; Wade-Giles: Lu Yu, 1125–1209), was a Chinese poet of the Southern Song dynasty.. Chinese Song Dynasty poet
D'bi Young Anitafrika is a Jamaican - Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, and educator, as well as a Dora Award -winning actor and playwright. Raised Debbie Young in Jamaica, she moved to Canada in 1993.
David Samuel D'Arcy Young (born 17 July 1946 Oakville, Ontario ) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, and screenwriter.
Edward Young (June 1681 (as stated in Rev. J. Mitford's Biography of Young) - 5 April 1765) was an English poet, best remembered for Night Thoughts.. English poet
Kevin Young (born 8 November 1970 Lincoln, Nebraska) is an American poet and teacher of poetry. Young graduated from Harvard College in 1992, was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (1992–1994), and received his MFA from Brown University. While in Boston and Providence, he was part of the African-American poetry group, The Dark Room Collective. He is heavily influenced by the poets Langston Hughes, John Berryman, and Emily Dickinson and the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.. American poet and teacher
Young, Marguerite
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Marguerite Vivian Young (August 28, 1908 – November 17, 1995) was an American author of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and criticism. Her work evinced an interest in social issues and environmentalism.. American author of poetry fiction non-fiction and criticism
Young-moo, Kim
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Kim Young-moo (1944 - 26 November 2001) was a South Korean poet, literary critic and translator born in Paju near Seoul.
Youssef, Saadi
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Saadi Yousef (Arabic) (born 1934 near Basra, Iraq ) is an Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist. He has published thirty volumes of poetry and seven books of prose.
Aki Ville Yrjänä (born 30 July 1967 in Kemi ), better known by the stage name, A. W. Yrjänä (Finnish pronunciation:  ['e 'yrjænæ] ), is a poet and the singer, bassist, and primary songwriter of the Finnish rock band CMX. In addition to his musical work he has published four collections of poems.
Yrjänä, A. W.
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Aki Ville Yrjänä (born 30 July 1967 in Kemi ), better known by the stage name, A. W. Yrjänä (Finnish pronunciation:  ['e 'yrjænæ] ), is a poet and the singer, bassist, and primary songwriter of the Finnish rock band CMX. In addition to his musical work he has published four collections of poems.
Han Yu (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Hán Yù) (768–824), born in Nanyang, Henan, China, was a precursor of Neo-Confucianism as well as an essayist and poet, during the Tang dynasty. The Indiana Companion calls him "comparable in stature to Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe" for his influence on the Chinese literary tradition (p. 397). He stood for strong central authority in politics and orthodoxy in cultural matters. He is also among China's finest prose writers, second only to Sima Qian, and first among the "Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song". Song Dynasty poet Su Shi praised Han Yu that he had written prose which "raised the standards after 8 dynasties of literary weaknesses" .. Chinese essayist and poet during the Tang dynasty
Qu Yuan (343–278 BC ) was a Chinese poet and minister who lived during the Warring States period of ancient China. He is principally remembered as the supposed origin of the Dragon Boat Festival. He is also known for his contributions to classical poetry and verses, especially through the poems of the Chu Ci anthology (also known as The Songs of the South or Songs of Chu ): a volume of poems attributed to or considered to be inspired by his verse writing. Together with the Shi Jing, the Chu Ci is one of the two great collections of ancient Chinese verse .
Tao Yuanming (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Táo Yuanmíng ; Wade–Giles : T'ao Yüan-ming ) also known as Tao Qian (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Táo Qián ; Wade–Giles : T'ao Ch'ien ) (365–427) was a Chinese poet of the Six Dynasties period (c. 220 - 589 CE). Tao Yuanming later changed his name to Tao Qian and is generally regarded as the greatest poet during the centuries between the Han and Tang dynasties. He is also the foremost of the "recluse" poets, or the poets who seem to have written their greatest work while in reclusion and/or those poets in whose poems the theme of countryside solitude particularly resonates.
Sesson Yubai ( , 1290 - January 14, 1348) was a Japanese Zen Buddhist monk of the Rinzai sect. This priest and poet who is considered "the first important poet of the Five Mountains.
Can Yücel (1926, Istanbul - August 16, 1999 Datça ) was a Turkish poet noted for his use of colloquial language.
Kenan Yücel (b. 1974, Bursa, Turkey ), Turkish poet and writer .
Shen Yue (Chinese : ; 441–513), courtesy name Xiuwen, was a poet, statesman, and historian born in Huzhou, Zhejiang. He served emperors under the Liu Song Dynasty, the Southern Qi Dynasty, and the Liang Dynasty .
Yi Won-rok (May 18, 1904 – January 16, 1944), better known by his pen name Lee Yuksa was a Korean poet and independence activist. As one of Korea's most famous poets, he and his works symbolize the spirit of the Korean anti-Japanese resistance of the 1930s and 1940s.
Yun (Qing Dynasty), Wang
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Wang Yun (1749-1819) was a Chinese poet and playwright during the Qing Dynasty .
Yunduan, Zheng
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Zheng Yunduan (c. 1327 – 1356) was a Chinese poet in the Yuan Dynasty, whose stylename was Zhengshu .
Nima Yushij (Persian) (November 12, 1896 – January 6, 1960) also called Nima ( ), born Ali Esfandiari ( ), was a contemporary Tabarian and Persian poet who started the she’r-e now ( , "new poetry") also known as she’r-e nimaa'i ( , "Nimaic poetry") trend in Iran. He is considered as the father of modern Persian poetry.
Yusuf, Abdul Rahman
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Abdul Rahman Yusuf (Arabic) ((1970-09-18 ) September 18, 1970 (age 43) ) is an Egyptian poet who writes original poetry, maintaining the rules of poetry and dedicated to the issues of the Arab nation as well as aesthetics of Arabic poetry.
Liu Yuxi (Wade-Giles : Liu Yu-hsi ; simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Liú Yuxi ) (772–842) was a Chinese poet, philosopher, and essayist, active during the Tang Dynasty. He was an associate of Bai Juyi and was known for his folk-style poems. Most famously, he is known for his poem Lou Shi Ming, "Inscription of a crude house". It describes living in a simple dwelling, following a life that is rich in character, refined in culture and learning.