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Famous French Poets - Famous Poets from France

This famous French poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown French poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from France.

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Ackermann, Louise-Victorine

Louise-Victorine Ackermann (née Choquet ) (30 November 1813 – 2 August 1890) was a French poet .
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Albert-Birot, Pierre

Pierre Albert-Birot (22 April 1876 – 25 July 1967) was a French avant-garde poet, dramatist, and theater manager.
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Albiach, Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Albiach (9 August 1937 – 4 November 2012) was a contemporary French poet and translator .
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Alféri, Pierre

Pierre Alféri (born 1963) is a French novelist, poet, essayist and Professor at European Graduate School. Alferi is the son of French philosopher Jacques Derrida and psychoanalyst Marguerite Aucouturier .
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Alyn, Marc

Marc Alyn (Alain-Marc Fécherolle), (born 18 March 1937 in Reims ) is a French poet .
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Amrouche, Jean

Jean-Elmouhoub Amrouche (7 February 1906 in Ighil Ali, Algeria - 16 April 1962 in Paris, France) was an Algerian francophone writer, poet and journalist. Born to a Catholic family in Algeria, his parents were Kabyles who converted to Christianity. Amrouche emigrated with his family to Tunisia while still young. He later moved to Paris for studies. His name Jean was given to him by White Fathers, among whom he rose.
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Antoine d'Arcy, Hugh

Hugh Antoine d'Arcy (March 5, 1843 – November 11, 1925) was a French-born poet and writer and a pioneer executive in the American motion picture industry.. French-born poet and writer; pioneer executive in the American motion picture industry
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Apollinaire, Guillaume

A poet, writer, and art critic. Among the foremost French poets of the early 20th century.. French poet
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Aragon, Louis

Louis Aragon (French pronunciation:, born Louis Andrieux (October 3, 1897 – December 24, 1982), was a French poet, novelist and editor, a long-time political supporter of the Communist Party and a member of the Académie Goncourt.. French poet novelist and editor
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Arp, Hans

Jean Arp / Hans Arp (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French, or Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper.
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Arp, Jean

Jean Arp / Hans Arp (16 September 1886 – 7 June 1966) was a German-French, or Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper. A German-French sculptor, painter, and poet.. sculptor painter and poet
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Artaud, Antonin

Antonin Artaud (September 4, 1896, in Marseille – March 4, 1948 in Paris) was a French playwright, poet, actor and theatre director. Antonin is a diminutive form of Antoine "little Anthony", and was among a list of names which Artaud used throughout his writing career.. actor playwright poet essayist
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Audiberti, Jacques

Jacques Audiberti (March 25, 1899 – July 9, 1965) was a French playwright, poet and novelist and exponent of the Theatre of the Absurd .
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Backer, Anne-Marie de

Anne-Marie de Backer (1908–1987) was a French poet and translator.
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Baïf, Jean-Antoine de

Jean Antoine de Baïf (19 February 1532 – 19 September 1589) was a French poet and member of the Pléiade .
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Banville, Théodore de

Théodore Faullain de Banville (14 March 1823 – 13 March 1891) was a French poet and writer.
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Barbier, Henri Auguste

Henri Auguste Barbier (April 29, 1805 – February 13, 1882) was a French dramatist and poet .
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Barney, Natalie Clifford

Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972) was an American playwright, poet and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris .
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Baros, Linda Maria

Linda Maria Baros (born 6 August 1981 in Bucharest ) is a French-language poet, translator and literary critic, one of the most powerful new voices on today’s poetry scene (the famous French literary award Guillaume Apollinaire Prize – 2007 and The Poetical Calling Prize – 2004). She lives in Paris, France.
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Bataille, Henry

Félix-Henri Bataille (b. April 4, 1872 in Nîmes, France, d. March 2, 1922 in Rueil-Malmaison ) was a French dramatist and poet. His works were extremely popular between 1900 and the start of World War I .
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Baudelaire, Charles

One of the most influential French poets of the nineteenth century.. French poet essayist art critic and translator
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Beck, Philippe

Philippe Beck, born in Strasbourg on April 21, 1963, is a French poet, writer and professor for Philosophy at University of Nantes, in France and European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
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Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour .
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Belleau, Rémy

Remy (or Rémi) Belleau (1528 – 6 March 1577) was a poet of the French Renaissance. He is most known for his paradoxical poems of praise for simple things and his poems about precious stones.
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Belloc, Hilaire

One of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century.. Anglo-French writer and historian
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Benserade, Isaac de

Isaac de Benserade (French:  [b~.sad] ; baptized November 5, 1613 – October 10, 1691) was a French poet.
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Béranger, Pierre-Jean de

Pierre-Jean de Béranger (19 August 1780 – 16 July 1857) was a prolific French poet and chansonnier (songwriter ), who enjoyed great popularity and influence in France during his lifetime, but faded into obscurity in the decades following his death. He has been described as "the most popular French songwriter of all time" and "the first superstar of French popular music".
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Béroul,

Béroul was a Norman poet of the 12th century. He wrote Tristan, a Norman language version of the legend of Tristan and Iseult of which a certain number of fragments (approximately 3000 verses) have been preserved; it is the earliest representation of the so-called "vulgar" version of the legend (the "courtly" version being represented by fragments from Thomas of Britain 's poem). Eilhart von Oberge wrote a treatment of this version in German, and many of Béroul's episodes that do not appear in Thomas reappear in the Prose Tristan. Beroul's poem survives in a single manuscript now in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. This copy is poorly written and there is a suggestion that part of the poem was written by a different scribe to the rest. The actual content of the poem also differs from the modern conception of what a narrative poem should be; the plot is disjointed and lacking in a flow of cause and effect, and the characters are poorly defined. Nevertheless, Fedrick proposes that this was common of literature in Beroul's time.
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Bertrand, Aloysius

Louis Jacques Napoléon Bertrand, more well known by his pen name Aloysius Bertrand (April 20, 1807 — April 29, 1841), was a French Romantic poet, playwright and journalist. He is famous for having introduced prose poetry in French literature, and is considered a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. His masterpiece is the collection of prose poems Gaspard de la nuit, that was published posthumously in 1842 and had three of its poems famously adapted to a homonymous piano suite by Maurice Ravel in 1908.
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Béthune, Conon de

Conon de Béthune (c. 1150 [1] in the former Artois region, today Pas-de-Calais - December 17, 1219 or 1220, in or near Constantinople or perhaps Adrianople ) was a crusader and " trouvère " poet.
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Bobin, Christian

Christian Bobin (born on 24 April 1951 in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire ) is a French author and poet.
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Bodel, Jean

Jean Bodel, who lived in the late twelfth century, was an Old French poet who wrote a number of chansons de geste as well as many fabliaux. He lived in Arras.. Old French poet
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Boileau-Despréaux, Nicolas

Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1 November 1636 – 13 March 1711) was a French poet and critic.. French poet and critic
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Bonnefoy, Yves

Yves Bonnefoy (born 24 June 1923) is a French poet and essayist. Bonnefoy was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, the son of a railroad worker and a teacher. His works have been of great importance in post-war French literature, at the same time poetic and theoretical, examining the meaning of the spoken and written word. He has also published a number of translations, most notably Shakespeare as well as several works on art and art history, including Miró and Giacometti.
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Boron, Robert de

Robert de Boron (also spelled in the manuscripts "Bouron", "Beron") was a French poet of the late 12th and early 13th centuries who is most notable as the author of the poems Joseph d'Arimathe and Merlin .
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Bosquet, Alain

Alain Bosquet, born Anatole Bisk (March 28, 1919, Odessa – 8 March 1998, Paris ), was a French poet .
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Botrel, Théodore

Jean-Baptiste-Théodore-Marie Botrel (14 September 1868 – 28 July 1925) was a French singer-songwriter, poet and playwright. He is best known for his popular songs about his native Brittany, of which the most famous is La Paimpolaise. During World War I he became France's official "Bard of the Armies".
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Bouchet, André du

André du Bouchet (April 7, 1924 – April 19, 2001) was a French poet .
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Boulanger, Daniel

Daniel Boulanger (Compiègne, Oise, 24 January 1922) is a French novelist, playwright, poet and screenwriter. He has also played secondary roles in films and has been a member of the Académie Goncourt since 1983.
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Bousquet, Joë

Joë Bousquet (19 March 1897 - 28 September 1950) was a French poet.
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Brassens, Georges

Georges Brassens (French:  [ bas~s] ; 22 October 1921 – 29 October 1981), was a French singer-songwriter and poet.
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Brault, Jacques

Jacques Brault (born March 29, 1933) is a French Canadian poet and translator who lives in Cowansville, Quebec, Canada. He was born to a poor family, but received an excellent education at the Université de Montréal and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He became a professor at the Université de Montréal, in the Département d'études françaises and the Institut des sciences médiévales, and made frequent appearances as a cultural commentator on Radio-Canada .
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Breton, Andre

André Breton (French:  [~de bt~] ; 19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme ) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as " pure psychic automatism ".
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Britain, Thomas of

Thomas of Britain was a poet of the 12th century. He is known for his Old French poem Tristan, a version of the Tristan and Iseult legend that exists only in eight fragments, amounting to around 3,300 lines of verse, mostly from the latter part of the story. It is calculated that this represents about one sixth of the original.
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Brunin, Andrée

Andrée Brunin was a French poet (13 February 1937, La Madeleine, Nord, - 1 April 1993, Bavinchove, Dunkirk )
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Cammaerts, Émile

Professor Émile Leon Cammaerts CBE (March 16, 1878 in Brussels, Belgium – November 2, 1953, Radlett, Hertfordshire ) was a Belgian playwright, poet (including war poet ) and author who wrote primarily in English and French. [ n 1 ]
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Cappeau, Placide

Placide Cappeau (October 25, 1808 – August 8, 1877) was a French poet and the author of the well-known poem, "Minuit, chrétiens" (O Holy Night ) (1847), which was set to music by Adolphe Adam. He was born on 25 October 1808 at 8 p.m. in Roquemaure (Gard). He was the son of Mathieu Cappeau, a cooper, and Agathe Louise Martinet.
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Carco, Francis

Francis Carco (1886–1958) was a French author, born at Nouméa, New Caledonia. He was a poet, belonging to the Fantaisiste school, a novelist, a dramatist, and art critic for L'Homme libre and Gil Blas. During World War I he became aviation pilot at Étampes, after studying at the aviation school there. His works are picturesque, painting as they do the street life of Montmartre, and being written often in the argot of Paris. He has been called the "romancier des apaches." His memoir, The Last Bohemia: From Montmartre to the Latin Quarter, contains reminiscences of Bohemian life in Paris during the early years of the twentieth century. He had an affair with Katherine Mansfield in 1915.
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Carême, Maurice

Maurice Carême (12 May 1899 – 13 January 1978) was a Belgian francophone poet, best known for his simple writing style and children's poetry .
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Cayrol, Jean

Jean Cayrol (6 June 1911 – 10 February 2005) was a French poet, publisher, and member of the Académie Goncourt born in Bordeaux. He is perhaps best known for writing the narration in Alain Resnais 's 1955 documentary film, Night and Fog. He was a major contributor to the subversive, philosophical French publication Tel Quel .
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