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English Poets

English Poets and their poems. A list of the top 100 most popular and best famous English poets. Here are the best and most popular famous English poets in history (with their best poetry).

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Rank English Poets
1 Ben Jonson
Jonson , Ben

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Ben (Benjamin) Jonson (June 11, 1572 – Aug. 6, 1637) was a noted English poet, literary critic, and playwright during the late 16th and early 17th Centuries.

2 Sarah Fuller Flower Adams
Adams , Sarah Fuller Flower

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Sarah Flower Adams (February 22, 1805 - Au­gust 14, 1848) was an English poet known for her most popular work, the 1841 immortal hymn , "Nearer My God To Thee".

3 William Shakespeare
Shakespeare , William

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language, as well as one of the greatest in Western literature, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He wrote about thirty-eight plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems.

4 Jane Austen
Austen , Jane

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Jane Austen, a gifted English novelist, daughter of a clergyman in N. Hampshire; member of a quiet family circle, occupied herself in writing without eye to publication, and only in mature womanhood thought of writing for the press. Her first novel, "Sense and Sensibility," was published in 1811, and was followed by "Pride and Prejudice," her masterpiece, "Persuasion," and others, her interest being throughout in ordinary quiet cultured life, and the delineation of it, which she achieved in an inimitably charming manner. She is the mother of the English 19th-century novel, as Scott is the father of it" (1775-1816).

5 John Keats
Keats , John

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John Keats was an English poet who is now regarded as being one of the greatest lyric poets of his time and one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He was born in London on October 31, 1795 and in his short lifetime had 54 poems published in various magazines and in three volumes of poetry. Recognition of his achievements as one of the leading poets of his time only came after his death in Rome on February 23, 1821.

6 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Browning , Elizabeth Barrett

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A celebrated Romantic English poet of the Victorian era, Elizabeth Barrett Browning is still one of the most influential figures within English poetry.

7 William Blake
Blake , William

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William Blake (born on November 28, 1757 in London's West End) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. He was one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era.

8 William Wordsworth
Wordsworth , William

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Major English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, born in 1770, is considered to be one of the most important literary figures in modern history, as well as one of the leading purveyors of the Romantic Movement.

9 Matthew Arnold
Arnold , Matthew

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Matthew Arnold (Matthew) was an English Victorian Era poet and critic. He was educated at Winchester, Rugby, and Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize. In 1857 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Mr. Arnold has a lucid style and is abreast of the thought of his age. He may be said in his own words to wander "between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born."

10 Sir Walter Raleigh
Raleigh , Sir Walter

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Sir Walter Raleigh is a famed English writer, poet, courtier, aristocrat, and explorer. His most influential work of poetry was entitled "The Lie." He was born on January 22 1552 in Devon, England. He died on October 29, 1618 in London.

11 George (Lord) Byron
Byron , George (Lord)

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric " She Walks in Beauty ." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

12 Lewis Carroll
Carroll , Lewis

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Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, and photographer. His fame rests on his books for children of which Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its sequel, Through the Looking-glass, are the best.

13 Alfred Lord Tennyson
Tennyson , Alfred Lord

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Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850–1892 and is one of the most popular English poets. He lived from 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892.

14 Richard Aldington
Aldington , Richard

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An English writer and poet.. English writer and poet

15 Percy Bysshe Shelley
Shelley , Percy Bysshe

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One of the major English Romantic poets.. one of the major English Romantic poets

16 Robert Browning
Browning , Robert

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Robert Browning, English poet born at Camberwell, London on the 7th of May 1812, was one of the foremost Victorian poets and master of dramatic verse.

17 Robert Herrick
Herrick , Robert

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A 17th century English poet.. English poet

18 Kingsley Amis
Amis , Kingsley

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An English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher.. English author and poet

19 C S Lewis
Lewis , C S

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an Irish author and scholar of mixed Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.. novelist poet academic medievalist literary critic essayist lay theologian and Christian apologist from Belfast

20 Sir Thomas Wyatt
Wyatt , Sir Thomas

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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503 – 11 October 1542) was a 16th-century English ambassador and lyrical poet. He is credited with introducing the sonnet into English. He was born at Allington Castle, near Maidstone in Kent, though his family was originally from Yorkshire. His mother was Anne Skinner and his father, Henry Wyatt, had been one of Henry VII 's Privy Councillors, and remained a trusted adviser when Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509. In his turn, Thomas Wyatt followed his father to court after his education at St John's College, Cambridge. None of Wyatt's poems were published during his lifetime—the first book to feature his verse, Tottel's Miscellany of 1557, was printed a full fifteen years after his death.

21 Alfred Austin
Austin , Alfred

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Alfred Austin, poet-laureate in succession to Tennyson, born near Leeds, bred for the bar, but devoted to literature as journalist, writer, and poet; has written "The Golden Age, a Satire," "Savonarola," "English Lyrics," and several works in prose; b. 1835.

22 Keith Douglas
Douglas , Keith

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An English poet.. English war poet

23 Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer , Geoffrey

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

24 Walter de la Mare
de la Mare , Walter

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An English poet, short story writer, and novelist.. English poet short story writer and novelist

25 John Wilmot
Wilmot , John

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John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1 April 1647 – 26 July 1680), was an English poet and courtier of King Charles II 's Restoration court. The Restoration reacted against the "spiritual authoritarianism" of the Puritan era. Rochester was the embodiment of the new era, and he is as well known for his rakish lifestyle as his poetry, although the two were often interlinked. In 1669 he committed treason by boxing the ears of Thomas Killigrew in sight of the monarch, and in 1673 he accidentally delivered an insulting diatribe to the King. A. C. Grayling wrote, "It is quite something to live in an age of riotous immorality, and yet to be accounted the most dissolute individual of the time." He died at the age of 33 from venereal disease .

26 Charles Baudelaire
Baudelaire , Charles

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Charles Pierre Baudelaire is one of the most influential French poets of the nineteenth century. French poet essayist art critic and translator, b. Paris, 9 April 1821, the son of a distinguished friend of Cabanis and Condorcet. He first became famous by the publication of Fleurs du Mal, 1857, in which appeared Les Litanies de Satan. The work was prosecuted and suppressed. Baudelaire translated some of the writings of E. A. Poe, a poet whom he resembled much in life and character. The divine beauty of his face has been celebrated by the French poet, Théodore de Banville, and his genius in some magnificent stanzas by the English poet, Algernon Swinburne. Died Paris 31 Aug. 1867.

27 Rupert Brooke
Brooke , Rupert

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British poet known for his World War I war poems.. English poet

28 Alan Alexander (A A) Milne
Milne , Alan Alexander (A A)

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English writer A.A. Milne was born on January 18, 1882, in London, England. He joined the staff of Punch in 1906 and produced successful light comedies and a memorable detective novel before verses written for his son Christopher Robin grew into children's book collections that became beloved classics about the adventures of Christopher Robin and the toy animal Winnie-the-Pooh.

29 William Morris
Morris , William

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An English artist and poet.. English textile designer artist writer and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood English Arts and Crafts Movement

30 J R R Tolkien
Tolkien , J R R

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (/ ' t l k i n / ; [ a ] 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion .

31 George Eliot
Eliot , George

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The pen name of Mary Anne Evans who was an English novelist.. (1819–1880)

32 William Barnes
Barnes , William

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William Barnes, English dialect poet and philologist, born in Dorsetshire in 1800, died 1886. Of humble birth, he first entered a solicitor's office, then taught at a school in Dorchester, and having taken orders became rector of Winterbourne Came in his native county and died there. He acquired a knowledge of many languages, and published works on Anglo-Saxon and English, as An Anglo-Saxon Delectus, A Philological Grammar (grounded upon English), Grammar and Glossary of the Dorset Dialect, &c., but is best known by his Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect and Poems of Rural Life in Common English.

33 Robert Graves
Graves , Robert

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An English scholar, poet, and novelist.. British author scholar

34 John Betjeman
Betjeman , John

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An English poet, writer and broadcaster.. English poet writer and broadcaster

35 Laurence Binyon
Binyon , Laurence

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An English poet, dramatist and art scholar.. English poet dramatist and art scholar

36 Isaac Rosenberg
Rosenberg , Isaac

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An English poet of the First World War. English poet of World War I

37 Thomas Warton
Warton , Thomas

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An English literary historian and critic, as well as a poet.. English literary historian critic and poet

38 Siegfried Sassoon
Sassoon , Siegfried

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An English poet and author.. British war poet

39 Christopher Logue
Logue , Christopher

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Christopher Logue, CBE (23 November 1926 – 2 December 2011) was an English poet associated with the British Poetry Revival and a pacifist.

40 Joseph Warton
Warton , Joseph

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Joseph Warton (April 1722 – 23 February 1800) was an English academic and literary critic .

41 Christina Rossetti
Rossetti , Christina

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Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is best known for her long poem Goblin Market, her love poem Remember, and for the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.. English poet

42 William Lisle Bowles
Bowles , William Lisle

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William Lisle Bowles (24 September 1762–7 April 1850) was an English priest, poet and critic.

43 Charlotte Bronte
Bronte , Charlotte

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Charlotte Brontë (/ ' b r n t i / ; 21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell.

44 Emily Bronte
Bronte , Emily

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Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.

45 William Browne
Browne , William

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William Browne was an English pastoral poet, was born at Tavistock, Devonshire, in 1591 and educated at Exeter College, Oxford.

46 Thomas Carew
Carew , Thomas

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Thomas Carew was in the 'Cavalier' group of Caroline poets whose inspiration was entirely secular.. English Cavalier poet

47 Thomas Chatterton
Chatterton , Thomas

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Thomas Chatterton was an English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry. He died of arsenic poisoning, either from a suicide attempt or self-medication for a venereal disease.. English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry

48 G K Chesterton
Chesterton , G K

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an English writer whose prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction.

49 Lady Mary Chudleigh
Chudleigh , Lady Mary

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Mary Chudleigh (August 1656 – 1710) was an English poet. Part of an intellectual circle that included Mary Astell, Elizabeth Thomas, Judith Drake, Elizabeth Elstob, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and John Norris, in her later years, she published a book of poetry and two books of essays, all dealing with feminist themes; two of her books went through four editions during the last ten years of her life. Her poetry about human relationships and reactions has been anthologized ever since, and her feminist essays are still being reprinted.

50 John Clare
Clare , John

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John Clare was an English poet, born the son of a farm laborer who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was "the greatest laboring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self". English poet

51 Arthur Hugh Clough
Clough , Arthur Hugh

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Arthur Hugh Clough was an English poet, the brother of suffragist Anne Clough. English poet an educationalist and assistant to Florence Nightingale

52 Eliza Cook
Cook , Eliza

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Eliza Cook (24 December 1818 – 23 September 1889) was an English author, Chartist poet and writer born in London Road, Southwark .

53 Abraham Cowley
Cowley , Abraham

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Abraham Cowley was an English poet born in the City of London late in 1618. He was one of the leading English poets of the 17th century, with 14 printings of his Works published between 1668 and 1721. One of the leading English poets of the 17th century

54 William Cowper
Cowper , William

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William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. In many ways, he was one of the forerunners of Romantic poetry.. English poet and hymnodist

55 Richard Crashaw
Crashaw , Richard

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Richard Crashaw, English poet, styled "the divine," was part of the Seventeenth-century Metaphysical School of poets.. English poet; one of the central figures associated with the Metaphysical poets in the 17th century

56 Aleister Crowley
Crowley , Aleister

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Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, was an influential English occultist, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. He was also successful in various other fields, including mountaineering, chess and poetry, and it has also been alleged that he was a spy for the British government.. English Occultist and poet

57 Ernest Dowson
Dowson , Ernest

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Ernest Christopher Dowson, born in Lee, London, was an English poet, novelist and writer of short stories, associated with the Decadent movement.. English poet novelist and writer of short stories associated with the Decadent movement

58 Michael Drayton
Drayton , Michael

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Michael Drayton was an English poet who came to prominence in the Elizabethan era.. English poet who came to prominence in the Elizabethan era

59 John Dryden
Dryden , John

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John Dryden was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott named him "Glorious John.". Restoration era English poet literary critic translator and playwright

60 Anne Kingsmill Finch
Finch , Anne Kingsmill

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Anne Finch (née Kingsmill), Countess of Winchilsea (April 1661 – 5 August 1720), was an English poet, the third child of Sir William Kingsmill of Sydmonton Court and his wife, Anne Haslewood. She was well-educated as her family believed in good education for girls as well as for boys.

61 Edward Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald , Edward

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Edward FitzGerald was an English writer, best known as the poet of the first and most famous English translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The spelling of his name as both FitzGerald and Fitzgerald is seen. The use here of FitzGerald conforms with that of his own publications, anthologies such as Quiller-Couchs Oxford Book of English Verse, and most reference books up through about the 1960s.. English poet and writer; first and most famous English translation of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

62 Thomas Flatman
Flatman , Thomas

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Thomas Flatman (21 February 1635 – 8 December 1688) was an English poet and miniature painter. There were several editions of his Poems and Songs (1674). One of his self-portraits is in the Victoria and Albert Museum. A portrait of Charles II is in the Wallace Collection, London. His miniatures are noted for their vitality.

63 Thomas Gray
Gray , Thomas

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Thomas Gray was an English poet, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University.. British poet

64 Tony Harrison
Harrison , Tony

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. English poet and playwright

65 William Ernest Henley
Henley , William Ernest

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. English poet critic and editor

66 Geoffrey Hill
Hill , Geoffrey

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. English poet and professor

67 Thomas Hood
Hood , Thomas

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. English humorist and poet; father of playwright and editor Tom Hood

68 Gerard Manley Hopkins
Hopkins , Gerard Manley

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous 20th-century fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.. English poet Roman Catholic convert and Jesuit priest

69 A E Housman
Housman , A E

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Alfred Edward Housman (/ ' h a s m n / ; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems' wistful evocation of doomed youth in the English countryside, in spare language and distinctive imagery, appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers (beginning with Arthur Somervell ) both before and after the First World War. Through its song-setting the poetry became closely associated with that era, and with Shropshire itself.

70 Ted Hughes
Hughes , Ted

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Edward James Hughes OM, more commonly known as Ted Hughes, was an English poet and children's writer. Critics routinely rank him as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes was British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death. English poet and children's writer; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

71 James Henry Leigh Hunt
Hunt , James Henry Leigh

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. English critic essayist poet and writer

72 Elizabeth Jennings
Jennings , Elizabeth

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. English poet

73 Samuel Johnson
Johnson , Samuel

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. English poet essayist moralist literary critic biographer editor and lexicographer

74 Jenny Joseph
Joseph , Jenny

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. English poet

75 Omar Khayyam
Khayyam , Omar

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Omar Khayyám (Persian:, Early New Persian. pronunciation /'om xæj'jm/, English pronunciation /'omr ka'jm/) (18 May 1048–1131) was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music.. Persian polymath: philosopher mathematician astronomer and poet

76 Anne Killigrew
Killigrew , Anne

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Anne Killigrew (1660—1685) was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She was however a skilful poet in her own right, and her Poems were published posthumously in 1686. Dryden compared her poetic abilities to the famous Greek poet of antiquity, Sappho. Killigrew died of smallpox aged 25.

77 Walter Savage Landor
Landor , Walter Savage

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. English writer and poet

78 Philip Larkin
Larkin , Philip

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Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century.. English poet and novelist

79 David Herbert Lawrence
Lawrence , David Herbert

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David Herbert Lawrence: English poet. David Herbert Lawrence poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, David Herbert Lawrence biography.

80 Edward Lear
Lear , Edward

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Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized.. British artist illustrator author and poet

81 Laurie Lee
Lee , Laurie

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Laurence Edward Alan "Laurie" Lee, MBE (26 June 1914 – 13 May 1997) was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter, raised in the village of Slad, and went to Marling School, Gloucestershire. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991). The first volume recounts his childhood in the Slad Valley. The second deals with his leaving home for London and his first visit to Spain in 1935, and the third with his return to Spain in December 1937 to join the Republican International Brigades .

82 Richard Lovelace
Lovelace , Richard

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. English cavalier poet

83 Christopher Marlowe
Marlowe , Christopher

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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

84 Andrew Marvell
Marvell , Andrew

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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

85 John Masefield
Masefield , John

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. English poet and writer; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

86 William Topaz McGonagall
McGonagall , William Topaz

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. reputed to be the worst poet in the history of the English language

87 Roger McGough
McGough , Roger

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. English comedian poet

88 George Meredith
Meredith , George

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. English poet novelist

89 John Milton
Milton , John

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

90 Erin Moure
Moure , Erin

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Erin Moure (born April 17, 1955 in Calgary, Alberta ) is a Canadian poet and translator of poetry from languages which include, French, Galician, Portuguese and Spanish to English. (ref) Her mother Mary Irene was born 1924 in Galicia, Western Ukraine (then Poland ) and emigrated to Canada in 1929.(ref) Erin’s father is William Moure born in Ottawa Canada in 1925. Erin is the oldest of 3, having two younger brothers, Ken and Bill. In 1975 Erin moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where she took her second year classes at University of British Columbia in philosophy. After only taking one year of classes Erin left University of British Columbia and got a job at Via Rail Canada where she continued to write poetry and is where she learnt French, Erin still lives in Montreal Canada. =

91 Edith Nesbit
Nesbit , Edith

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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland ; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit .

92 Sir Henry Newbolt
Newbolt , Sir Henry

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Sir Henry Newbolt: English poet. Sir Henry Newbolt poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Sir Henry Newbolt biography.

93 John Frederick Nims
Nims , John Frederick

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John Frederick Nims: English poet. John Frederick Nims poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, John Frederick Nims biography.

94 Alfred Noyes
Noyes , Alfred

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. English poet

95 Michael Ondaatje
Ondaatje , Michael

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Philip Michael Ondaatje, OC (/ n ' d t i / ; born September 12, 1943), 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 .

96 Wilfred Owen
Owen , Wilfred

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. English poet and soldier

97 Coventry Patmore
Patmore , Coventry

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. English poet and critic

98 Harold Pinter
Pinter , Harold

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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize -winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1970), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works.

99 Alexander Pope
Pope , Alexander

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Alexander Pope was an eighteenth-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope is famous for his use of the heroic couplet.. English poet

100 Matthew Prior
Prior , Matthew

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. English poet and diplomat

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