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Famous British Poets - Famous Poets from United Kingdom

A list of famous poets by country or nationality which includes poems and biographical information of the most famous poets. Read and enjoy famous poetry by famous Poets of various nationalities and countries.

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Abercrombie, Lascelles

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

Arthur Talmage Abernethy (October 10, 1872 – May 15, 1956) was a journalist, scholar, theologian and poet. He pastored several churches, contributed articles and poems to newspapers around the United States, and was named by Governor R. Gregg Cherry as the first North Carolina Poet Laureate in 1948.
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Adair, Gilbert

Gilbert Adair (29 December 1944 – 8 December 2011) was a Scottish novelist, poet, film critic and journalist. He was critically most famous for the "fiendish" translation of Georges Perec 's postmodern novel A Void, in which the letter e is not used, but was more widely known for the films adapted from his novels, including Love and Death on Long Island (1997) and The Dreamers (2003).
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Adam, Helen

Helen Adam (December 2, 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland – September 19, 1993 in New York City ) was a Scottish poet, collagist and photographer who was an active participant in The San Francisco Renaissance, a literary movement contemporaneous to the Beat Generation that occurred in San Francisco during the 1950s and 1960s. Though often associated with the Beat poets, she would more accurately be considered one of the predecessors of the Beat Generation.
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Adams, Sarah Fuller Flower

Sarah Flower Adams (22 February 1805 – 14 August 1848) was an English poet.
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Adamson, Robert

Robert Adamson (born 17 May 1943 in Sydney ) is an Australian poet and publisher.
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Addison, Joseph

Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was a man of letters, eldest son of Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.. English essayist poet writer and politician
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Akenside, Mark

Mark Akenside (9 November 1721 – 23 June 1770) was an English poet and physician.. English poet and physician
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Aldington, Richard

An English writer and poet.. English writer and poet
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Alexander, Sidney A.

Sidney Arthur Alexander (April 2, 1866-February 4, 1948) was an English poet, author, and clergyman. The son of a bank clerk, Alexander was educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Oxford, where he received his B.A. in 1889 with a number of distinctions and prizes. While at St. Paul’s (the start of a lifetime affiliation with the Cathedral), he won recognition for his poetry, including “Caedmon” the Milton Prize poem in 1882. The promise of those early efforts was crowned by Alexander’s receiving the Newdigate prize at Oxford in 1887 for Sakya-Muni: The Story of Buddha. The poem was generally well received in the Oxford Magazine (“sustained melody and grace….certain higher touches of imagination and expression which give to the simple and quiet style an air of finish and distinction”). A modern literary historian sets the poem in the Victorian context of “a trend of swelling interest in the West in Buddhism .”
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Alexander Wyon, Edward

Edward Alexander Wyon (born London 1842; died Hastings 1872) was a London architect and poet, descended from the Wyon family of engravers. His only known building is St John the Evangelist Church in Hollington, Hastings in East Sussex. His posthumous publication, A Memorial Volume of Poems (1874), continues to be reprinted in the 21st century. He died in Hastings prior to his thirtieth birthday.. London architect and poet
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Alexie, Sherman

Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. (born October 7, 1966) is a poet, writer, and filmmaker. Much of his writing draws on his experiences as a Native American growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Allen, Leslie Holdsworth

Leslie Holdsworth Allen (21 June 1879 – 5 January 1964) was an Australian academic and poet. He was Professor of English at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the senior lecturer of English and Latin at Canberra University College and chairman of the Literature Censorship Board.
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Allingham, William

An Irish man of letters and poet.. Irish man of letters and poet
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Alvarez, Al

Al Alvarez (born London, August 5, 1929) is an English poet, writer and critic who publishes under the name A. Alvarez and Al Alvarez.. English poet
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Alvi, Moniza

Moniza Alvi (born 2 February 1954) is a Pakistani -British poet and writer.
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Amis, Kingsley

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

Ethel Anderson (née Campbell ) (16 March 1883 – 4 August 1958) was an early twentieth century Australian poet, essayist, novelist and painter. She considered herself to be mainly a poet, but is now best appreciated for her witty and ironic stories. Anderson has been described as "a high-profile author, artist, art commentator and emissary for modernism ".
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Anderson, Jon

John Roy "Jon" Anderson (born 25 October 1944) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician best known as the former lead vocalist in the progressive rock band Yes. He is also an accomplished solo artist and has collaborated with musicians such as the Greek musician Vangelis, amongst others.
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Andrews, Bruce

Bruce Andrews (April 1, 1948) is a U.S. poet who is one of the key figures associated with the Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, after the magazine that bears that name).
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Armitage, Simon

Simon Armitage CBE (born 26 May 1963, Huddersfield) is a British poet, playwright, and novelist.. British poet playwright and novelist
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Arnold, Matthew

An English poet and cultural critic.. British poet and cultural critic
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Ashe, Thomas

Thomas Ashe (1836–1889) was an English poet.
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Askew, Anne

Anne Askew (née Anne Ayscough, married name Anne Kyme ) (born 1520/1521 – died 16 July 1546) was an English poet and Protestant who was condemned as a heretic. She is the only woman on record known to have been both tortured in the Tower of London and burnt at the stake. She is also one of the earliest female poets to compose in the English language and the first Englishwoman to demand a divorce (especially, as an innocent party on scriptural grounds).
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Atherstone, Edwin

Edwin Atherstone (1788–1872) was a poet and novelist. His works, which were planned on an imposing scale, attracted some temporary attention and applause, but are now forgotten. His chief poem, The Fall of Nineveh, consisting of thirty books, appeared at intervals from 1828 to 1868. He was a close friend and associate of the painter John Martin, whose well-known painting "The Fall of Nineveh" was produced in conjunction with Atherstone's poem.
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