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Classical Poets

Classical Poets and their poems. A list of the top 100 most popular and best famous Classical poets. This list contains the most popular famous Classical poets in history (with their best poetry).

Rank Classical Poets
1 William Shakespeare
Shakespeare , William


William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He is one of the world's most highly esteemed writers, and is thought to be the most quoted author in history, second only to the Bible. His plays and poems have been studied, analyzed, read, and loved for centuries.

2 John Donne
Donne , John


John Donne (1572 – March 31, 1631) was a Jacobean poet, satirist, lawyer and preacher/cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the founding figure of the so-called metaphysical poetry movement.

3 Ben Jonson
Jonson , Ben


Ben (Benjamin) Jonson was a noted English poet, literary critic, and playwright during the late 16th and early 17th Centuries.

4 John Milton
Milton , John


John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He is known for the works: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, L'Allegro, and Il Penseroso.

5 Dante Alighieri
Alighieri , Dante


Dante Alighieri is an Italian Florentine poet (born in Florence, Italy in 1265). His greatest work is la Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).

6 Anne Bradstreet
Bradstreet , Anne


Anne Dudley Bradstreet was the first female poet to be published from either Puritan America or England. Her work met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World.. Landed in Salem Massachusetts June 14 1630 America's first published poet

7 Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer , Geoffrey


An English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat (courtier), and diplomat.. author philosopher alchemist and astronomer; Father of English literature

8  Homer
Homer ,


Homer, the great epic poet of Greece, and the greatest of all time; author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey". He is one of the most well-known, studied, and referred to poets in the history of the world.

9 Andrew Marvell
Marvell , Andrew


Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, Parliamentarian, and the son of a Church of England clergyman (also named Andrew Marvell). As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton.. English metaphysical poet and politician

10  Sappho
Sappho ,


Sappho is an Ancient Greek lyric poetess, born in Eresos on the island of Lesbos in Greece. No contemporary historical sources exist for Sappho's life—only her poetry.

11 Christopher Marlowe
Marlowe , Christopher


Christopher Marlowe was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. As the foremost Elizabethan tragedian, next to William Shakespeare, he is known for his blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his mysterious death.. English dramatist poet and translator

12  Ovid
Ovid ,


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.