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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 Ben Jonson
Jonson , Ben


An English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor.. poet and dramatist

2 William Shakespeare
Shakespeare , William


16th century English playwright and poet (British).. English poet and playwright; called "Bard of Avon" and England's national poet

3 John Donne
Donne , John


A Jacobean poet and preacher, the representative of the so-called metaphysical poets of the period.. English poet satirist lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England

4  Homer
Homer ,


Ancient Greek Epic Poet of the Odyssey and Iliad.

5 Dante Alighieri
Alighieri , Dante


An Italian Florentine poet. His greatest work is la Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).. Italian poet

6  Sappho
Sappho ,


An Ancient Greek lyric poetess, born in Eresos on the island of Lesbos. Sappho (/'sæfo/; Attic Greek Sapf, Aeolic Greek pf ) was an Ancient Greek poet, born on the island of Lesbos. Later Greeks included her in the list of nine lyric poets. Her birth was sometime between 630 and 612 BC, and it is said that she died around 570 BC, but little is known for certain about her life. The bulk of her poetry, which was well-known and greatly admired throughout antiquity, has been lost, but her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments.. ancient Greek lyric poet from island of Lesbos

7 Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer , Geoffrey


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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 John Milton
Milton , John


. English poet polemicist a scholarly man of letters and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England

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.