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Famous Women Poets

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

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Rank women Poets
1 Emily Dickinson
Dickinson , Emily

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Emily Dickinson, born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, is one of the premier American poets of the 19th century. She is an American poetess who died at the age of 56.

2 Maya Angelou
Angelou , Maya

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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning African American poet. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 8 1928 and died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 28, 2014. Angelou was also a dancer, an actress and a singer.

3 Sylvia Plath
Plath , Sylvia

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Sylvia Plath was a troubled American poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Plath posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982.

4 Sandra Cisneros
Cisneros , Sandra

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Sandra Cisneros, born in Chicago, Illinois on December 21, 1954, 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. She the only daughter in a Mexican-American family of seven children.

5 Alice Walker
Walker , Alice

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Alice Walker is an American poet, activist, author and feminist. She is one of the most celebrated in modern history. Her most famous work, The Color Purple, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and it remains one of the bestselling books in the United States.

6 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

7 Carol Ann Duffy
Duffy , Carol Ann

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Carol Ann Duffy is a British poet and playwright born in Glasgow, Scotland. Duffy is the first female and first Scottish Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom.

8 Sarojini Naidu
Naidu , Sarojini

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Sarojini Naidu, (born as Sarojini Chattopadhyaya) also known by the sobriquet as The Nightingale of India, was a child prodigy, Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu was one of the formers of the Indian Constitution. Naidu was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the Governor of Uttar Pradesh state. Her birthday is celebrated as women's day all over India.

9 Nikki Giovanni
Giovanni , Nikki

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Nikki Giovanni is one of the best-known African-American poets who reached prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

10 Anne Sexton
Sexton , Anne

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Anne Gray Harvey Sexton, American poet and playwright, was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ralph Harvey, a successful woolen manufacturer, and Mary Gray Staples. Sexton is known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die.

11 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.

12 Gwendolyn Brooks
Brooks , Gwendolyn

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Pulitzer Prize-winning African-American woman poet.. African-American poet; 30th US Poet Laureate

13 Margaret Atwood
Atwood , Margaret

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Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC, O.Ont, FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. While she is best known for her work as a novelist, she is also a poet, having published 15 books of poetry to date. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales, which have been interests of hers from an early age. Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.. poet novelist essayist

14 Sara Teasdale
Teasdale , Sara

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Sara Teasdale was an American lyrical poet. She is the total embodiment of a tortured soul who had a gift for artistic expression. She was born on August 8, 1884 in St. Louis, Missouri. She died at the age of 48 on January 29, 1933 in New York City.

15 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).

16 Eavan Boland
Boland , Eavan

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An Irish poet.

17 Rita Dove
Dove , Rita

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Rita Frances Dove is an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1993, the second African American to be appointed, and received a second special appointment in 1999. Dove is the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.. American poet and author; US Poet Laureate

18 Adrienne Rich
Rich , Adrienne

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Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse."

19 Dorothy Parker
Parker , Dorothy

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“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of "The Elements of Style." The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”---Dorothy Parker Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.

20 Phillis Wheatley
Wheatley , Phillis

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Phillis Wheatley was the first African American female writer to be published in the United States.

21 Delmira Agustini
Agustini , Delmira

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Delmira Agustini was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on October 24, 1886. She is considered one of the greatest female Latin American and Uruguayan poets of the early 20th century.

22 Gabriela Mistral
Mistral , Gabriela

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Gabriela Mistral is Chilean poet educator diplomat and feminist; Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945. Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, born on April 7, 1889 in Vicuña, Chile.

23 Sonia Sanchez
Sanchez , Sonia

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Sonia Sanchez is an African American poet most often associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has authored over a dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children's books. She was a 1993 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.. African American poet; associated with the Black Arts Movement

24 Sharon Olds
Olds , Sharon

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Sharon Olds is an American poet. Olds has been the recipient of many awards including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. She earned a BA at Stanford University and a PhD at Columbia University.

25 Anna Akhmatova
Akhmatova , Anna

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Anna Akhmatova was a modernist poet during the "Silver Age". She became one of the leading female poets in Russia during the turmoil of the World Wars and the Russian Revolution. She was born on June 23, 1889 in Bolshoy Fonton near Odessa, Russia and grew up in St. Petersburg.

26 Mary Shelley
Shelley , Mary

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Mary Shelley, born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. .

27 Anne Bradstreet
Bradstreet , Anne

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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

28 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".

29 Julia de Burgos
Burgos , Julia de

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Julia de Burgos is considered by many as the greatest poet born in Puerto Rico, and, along with Gabriela Mistral, one of the greatest female poets of Latin America. As an advocate of Puerto Rican independence, she served as Secretary General of the Daughters of Freedom, the women's branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. She was also an ardent civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers.

30 Sherley Anne Williams
Anne Williams , Sherley

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Sherley Anne Williams was born in Bakersfield, California and was an African-American poet. Many of her works tell stories about her life in the African-American community. When she was little her family picked cotton in order to get money. At the age of eight her father died of tuberculosis and when she was sixteen her mother died. In 1966 she earned her bachelors degree in English at what is now California State University at Fresno and she received her master's degree at Brown University in 1972. Her works include collections of poetry such as The Peacock Poems (1975), the novel Dessa Rose (1986), and two picture books. She also published the groundbreaking work Give Birth to Brightness: A Thematic Study of Neo-Black Literature in 1972.

31 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.

32 Lucille Clifton
Clifton , Lucille

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An American poet from New York.. educator and Poets Laureate of Maryland

33 Louisa May Alcott
Alcott , Louisa May

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Louisa May Alcott, born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, was an American novelist best known for her novel Little Women. She died on March 6, 1888 in Boston, Massachusetts.

34 Patti Smith
Smith , Patti

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Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the "Godmother of Punk", her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. In 2005, Patti Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On November 17, 2010, she won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.. American singer-songwriter poet and visual artist

35 Lisa Zaran
Zaran , Lisa

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Lisa Zaran: American poet. Lisa Zaran poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Lisa Zaran biography.

36 George Eliot
Eliot , George

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

37 Edna St Vincent Millay
St Vincent Millay , Edna

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Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American lyrical poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry, and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century."

38 Marge Piercy
Piercy , Marge

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Marge Piercy is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Gone to Soldiers, a sweeping historical novel set during World War II.

39 Judith Viorst
Viorst , Judith

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Judith Viorst (born February 3, 1931) is an American author, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher. She is perhaps best known [ citation needed ] for her children's literature, such as The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books, which includes Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), which has sold over two million copies.

40 Louise Gluck
Gluck , Louise

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Louise Elisabeth Glück (born April 22, 1943) is an American poet. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 2003, after serving as a Special Bicentennial Consultant three years prior in 2000.

41 Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop , Elizabeth

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An American poet and writer.. American poet and short-story writer; US Poet Laureate

42 Audre Lorde
Lorde , Audre

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Caribbean-American writer, poet, librarian, and activist.

43 Annie Dillard
Dillard , Annie

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Annie Dillard is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut .

44 Emma Lazarus
Lazarus , Emma

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Emma Lazarus was an American Jewish poet born in New York City. She is best known for "The New Colossus", a sonnet written in 1883; its lines appear on a bronze plaque in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1912.. American poet; best known for her poem The New Colossus

45 Judith Wright
Wright , Judith

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Judith Wright was an Australian poet, environmentalist, and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights. She was also a highly acclaimed critic of Australian poetry.

46 Jackie Kay
Kay , Jackie

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Jackie Kay is a Scottish poet and novelist. She has published five collections of poetry for adults (The Adoption Papers won the Forward Prize, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts Council Book Award) and several for children. She was awarded an MBE in 2006.

47 Erica Jong
Jong , Erica

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Erica Jong (née Mann ; born March 26, 1942) is an American author and teacher best known for her fiction and poetry.

48  Sappho
Sappho ,

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Sappho is an Ancient Greek lyric poetess, born in Eresos on the island of Lesbos in Greece. No contemporary historical sources exist for Sappho's life—only her poetry.

49 Julie Hill Alger
Alger , Julie Hill

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Julie Hill Alger was an American poet whose most critically acclaimed poem, Death In the Family,compared the death of a loved one to the death of a pet. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 13, 1927 and died in Amherst, Massachusetts on January 13, 1995.

50 Alfonsina Storni
Storni , Alfonsina

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. Latin American Modernist poet

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