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The The Most Popular Famous Poets - Top 50 Poets in Order

This is a list of the most popular famous poets of all time. This list of the 50 most popular famous poets in history (with their best poetry) is determined by website visitors. Some of these famous poets were more famous than others, yet all of them have left lasting "fingerprints" and their names will long be remembered.

Remember, this is a modern popularity page. Many people argue that these are not the best poets of all-time. Well, that may be true, however these are the most viewed and search for poets on PoetrySoup (See our 100 Best Poets of All Time List). That’s why this is not called the best famous poet’s page, but the most popular famous poet’s page. Nevertheless, please continue to enjoy these famous poets. Maybe you’ll find a new poet to add to your favorite poet’s list. Share your comments on this list...

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1 Maya Angelou

Pulitzer Prize-winning African American author and an important figure in the American Civil Rights.. American Poet

2 Emily Dickinson

One of the quintessential American poets of the 19th century.. American poet

3 Shel Silverstein

An American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, screenwriter, and author of children's books.. American poet singer-songwriter musician composer cartoonist screenwriter and author of children's literature

4 Ben Jonson

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

5 Edgar Allan Poe

An American poet and short story writer best known for his tales of the macabre.. American author poet editor and literary critic

6 Lascelles Abercrombie
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Lascelles Abercrombie (1881–1938), English poet and literary critic, one of the " Dymock poets "

7 Robert Frost

An American poet. One of the foremost poets of the 20th century.. American poet; received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry

8 Sarah Fuller Flower Adams
Sarah Fuller Flower Adams
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Sarah Flower Adams (22 February 1805 – 14 August 1848) was an English poet.

9 William Shakespeare

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

10 Pablo Neruda

A Chilean writer considered one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.. Chilean poet diplomat and politician; Nobel Prize for Literature 1971

11 Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings
Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings
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E. E. Cummings (1894–1962), American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright

12 Delmira Agustini

Delmira Agustini (October 24, 1886 – July 6, 1914), a Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.

13 Langston Hughes

An American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and newspaper columnist.. American poet social activist novelist playwright and columnist

14 Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

15 Walt Whitman

Widely considered to be one of America's best and most influential poets.. American poet essayist journalist and humanist

16 Anna Akhmatova

One of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th-century.. Russian poet

17 Robert Burns

A poet and songwriter widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland.. Scottish poet and a lyricist

18 Julie Hill Alger

Julie Hill Alger: American poet. Julie Hill Alger poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Julie Hill Alger biography.

19 Thomas Hardy

A British novelist, short story writer, and poet of the naturalist movement.. English novelist and poet

20 Rudyard Kipling

A British author and poet, born in India.. English short-story writer poet and novelist

21 Oscar Wilde

An Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason.. Irish writer playwright and poet

22 John Keats

One of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement.. English Romantic poet.

23 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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An English poet of the Romantic Movement.. English poet prominent in the Victorian era

24 Billy Collins

An American poet who served two terms as the 44th Poet Laureate of the United States.. American poet appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States 2001–2003

25 William Blake

An English poet, painter, and printmaker.. English painter poet and printmaker

26 Sylvia Plath

An American poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist.. American poet novelist and short story writer; 1982 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry first to receive the honor posthumously

27 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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An American poet.. American poet and educator

28 Gary Soto

An American author and poet.. Mexican-American author and poet

29 William Wordsworth

A major English romantic poet.. English Romantic poet

30 Carol Ann Duffy

A British poet born in Glasgow, Scotland.. Scottish poet and playwright; first female and first Scottish Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

31 Phillis Wheatley

The first African American female writer to be published in the United States.. first African American poet

32 Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros (born December 20, 1954 in Chicago) is a United States author and poet best known for her novel The House on Mango Street. She is also the author of Caramelo, published by Knopf in 2002. Much of her writing is influenced by her Mexican-American heritage.

33 Rabindranath Tagore

A Bengali poet, philosopher, visual artist, playwright, composer, and novelist from India.. Bengali polymath; 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature

34 Matthew Arnold

An English poet and cultural critic.. British poet and cultural critic

35 Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel ."

36 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard .

37 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A famous American preacher, philosopher, and poet of the 19th century.. American essayist lecturer and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement

38 Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933), was an American lyrical poet. She was born Sara Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri, and after her marriage in 1914 she went by the name "'Sara Teasdale Filsinger'".. American lyrical poet

39 Conrad Aiken

A Pulitzer Prize-winning American author.. American poet and author

40 John Donne

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

41 William Butler Yeats

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.

42 Sir Walter Raleigh

A famed English writer, poet, courtier and explorer.. English aristocrat writer poet soldier courtier spy and explorer

43 George (Lord) Byron

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.

44  Homer

Ancient Greek Epic Poet of the Odyssey and Iliad.

45 Lewis Carroll

An English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, and photographer.. English author mathematician logician Anglican deacon and photographer

46 Alfred Lord Tennyson

Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and is one of the most popular English poets. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular poets in the English language.. English poet; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1850–1892

47 Dante Alighieri

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

48 Alice Walker

An American author and feminist.. American author poet and activist

49 Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden
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Wystan Hugh Auden (/ ' w s t n ' h ju ' d n / ; 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content. The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.

50  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

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