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Best Poets of All Time

A Collection of the Best Poets of All Time as selected by PoetrySoup members. List of the 50 best famous poets in history with their best poetry.

Rank Famous Poet
1 Maya Angelou
Angelou, Maya


2 Emily Dickinson
Dickinson, Emily


3 Shel Silverstein
Silverstein, Shel


4 Ben Jonson
Jonson, Ben


5 Edgar Allan Poe
Poe, Edgar Allan


6 Lascelles Abercrombie
Abercrombie, Lascelles


7 Robert Frost
Frost, Robert


8 Sarah Fuller Flower Adams
Adams, Sarah Fuller Flower


9 William Shakespeare
Shakespeare, William


10 Pablo Neruda
Neruda, Pablo


11 Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings
Cummings, Edward Estlin (E E)


12 Delmira Agustini
Agustini, Delmira


13 Langston Hughes
Hughes, Langston


14 Jane Austen
Austen, Jane


15 Walt Whitman
Whitman, Walt


16 Anna Akhmatova
Akhmatova, Anna


17 Robert Burns
Burns, Robert


18 Julie Hill Alger
Alger, Julie Hill


19 Thomas Hardy
Hardy, Thomas


20 Rudyard Kipling
Kipling, Rudyard


21 Oscar Wilde
Wilde, Oscar


22 John Keats
Keats, John


23 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett


24 Billy Collins
Collins, Billy


25 William Blake
Blake, William


26 Sylvia Plath
Plath, Sylvia


27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth


28 Gary Soto
Soto, Gary


29 William Wordsworth
Wordsworth, William


30 Carol Ann Duffy
Duffy, Carol Ann


31 Phillis Wheatley
Wheatley, Phillis


32 Sandra Cisneros
Cisneros, Sandra


33 Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore, Rabindranath


34 Matthew Arnold
Arnold, Matthew


35 Mark Twain
Twain, Mark


36 Louisa May Alcott
Alcott, Louisa May


37 Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson, Ralph Waldo


38 Sara Teasdale
Teasdale, Sara


39 Conrad Aiken
Aiken, Conrad


40 John Donne
Donne, John


41 William Butler Yeats
Yeats, William Butler


42 Sir Walter Raleigh
Raleigh, Sir Walter


43 George (Lord) Byron
Byron, George (Lord)


44  Homer
Homer,


45 Lewis Carroll
Carroll, Lewis


46 Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tennyson, Alfred Lord


47 Dante Alighieri
Alighieri, Dante


48 Alice Walker
Walker, Alice


49 Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden
Auden, Wystan Hugh (W H)


50  Sappho
Sappho,


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