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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).

Rank women Poets
1 Maya Angelou
Angelou , Maya

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

2 Emily Dickinson
Dickinson , Emily

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

3 Sarah Fuller Flower Adams
Adams , Sarah Fuller Flower

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

4 Delmira Agustini
Agustini , Delmira

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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.

5 Jane Austen
Austen , Jane

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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.

6 Anna Akhmatova
Akhmatova , Anna

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

7 Julie Hill Alger
Alger , Julie Hill

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

8 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Browning , Elizabeth Barrett

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An English poet of the Romantic Movement.. English poet prominent in the Victorian era

9 Sylvia Plath
Plath , Sylvia

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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

10 Carol Ann Duffy
Duffy , Carol Ann

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

11 Phillis Wheatley
Wheatley , Phillis

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

12 Sandra Cisneros
Cisneros , Sandra

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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.

13 Louisa May Alcott
Alcott , Louisa May

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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 .

14 Sara Teasdale
Teasdale , Sara

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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

15 Alice Walker
Walker , Alice

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

16 Gwendolyn Brooks
Brooks , Gwendolyn

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

17 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.

18 Lucille Clifton
Clifton , Lucille

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

19 Lisa Zaran
Zaran , Lisa

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

20 Anne Bronte
Bronte , Anne

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Anne Brontë (/ ' b r n t i / ; 17 January 1820 – 28 May 1849) was a British novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Brontë literary family.

21 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.

22 Mercy Otis Warren
Warren , Mercy Otis

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Mercy Otis Warren (September 14, [September 25, New Style] 1728 – October 19, 1814) was a political writer and propagandist of the American Revolution. In the eighteenth century, topics such as politics and war were thought to be the province of men. Few men and fewer women had the education or training to write about these subjects. Warren was an exception. During the years before the American Revolution, Warren published poems and plays that attacked royal authority in Massachusetts and urged colonists to resist British infringements on colonial rights and liberties.

23 Jean Arp
Arp , Jean

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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

24 Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop , Elizabeth

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

25 Judith Sargent Murray
Murray , Judith Sargent

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Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820) was an early American advocate for women's rights, an essayist, playwright, poet, and letter writer. She was one of the first American proponents of the idea of the equality of the sexes—that women, like men, had the capability of intellectual accomplishment and should be able to achieve economic independence. Her landmark essay "On the Equality of the Sexes," published in the Massachusetts Magazine in March and April 1790 predated Mary Wollstonecraft 's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which was published in Britain in 1792 and in Philadelphia in 1794.

26 Fleda Brown
Brown , Fleda

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Fleda Brown (born in 1944 in Columbia, Missouri ) is an American poet and author. She is also known as Fleda Brown Jackson .

27 Annie Dillard
Dillard , Annie

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Annie Dillard (born April 30, 1945) 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 .

28 Katherine Mansfield
Mansfield , Katherine

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Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry (14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a prominent modernist writer of short fiction who was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield. When she was 19 Mansfield left New Zealand and settled in the United Kingdom, where she became friends with modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. During the First World War she contracted extrapulmonary tuberculosis, which led to her death at the age of 34.

29 Marianne Craig Moore
Moore , Marianne Craig

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Marianne Moore was an American Modernist poet and writer noted for her irony and wit.

30 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Harper , Frances Ellen Watkins

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825-February 22, 1911), was an African-American writer, lecturer, and political activist, who promoted abolition, civil rights, women's rights, and temperance. She helped found or held high office in several national progressive organizations. She is best remembered today for her poetry and fiction, which preached moral uplift and counseled the oppressed how to free themselves from their demoralized condition.

31 Judith Wright
Wright , Judith

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An Australian poet.. Australian poet environmentalist and campaigner for Aboriginal land rights

32 Julia Ward Howe
Howe , Julia Ward

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Julia Ward was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, poet, and the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".

33 Gertrude Stein
Stein , Gertrude

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An American writer, poet, feminist and playwright.. American Modernist innovator in prose and poetry art collector

34 Eavan Boland
Boland , Eavan

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An Irish poet.. Irish poet

35 Rebecca Elson
Elson , Rebecca

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Rebecca Anne Wood Elson (1960 — 1999) was a Canadian - American astronomer and writer .

36 Kim Morrissey
Morrissey , Kim

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Janice Dales AKA Kim Morrissey Edmonton Alberta, Raised in North Battleford Saskatchewan is a Canadian poet and playwright who lives in London, England.

37 Ingeborg Bachmann
Bachmann , Ingeborg

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An Austrian poet and author.. Austrian poet and author

38 Maggie Estep
Estep , Maggie

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Maggie Estep is an American poet and writer. She has published six books and released two spoken word albums: Love is a Dog From Hell and No More Mr. Nice Girl.. American writer musician slam poet

39 Marilyn Hacker
Hacker , Marilyn

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An American poet, critic, and reviewer.. American poet translator and critic

40 Louise Bogan
Bogan , Louise

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An American poet.. American poet; fourth US Poet Laureate

41 Elinor Wylie
Wylie , Elinor

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An American poet and novelist who was popular before World War II.. American poet and novelist

42 Grace Cavalieri
Cavalieri , Grace

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Grace Cavalieri (born 1932) is an award-winning American poet, playwright and radio host of "The Poet and the Poem" from the Library of Congress.

43 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

44 Carolyn Kizer
Kizer , Carolyn

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. American poet; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1985

45 Maxine Kumin
Kumin , Maxine

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. American poet; US Poet Laureate 1981–1982

46 Ruth Padel
Padel , Ruth

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. British poet author critic

47 Mary Shelley
Shelley , Mary

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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin ; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) 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. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft .