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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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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.

2 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.

3 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".

4 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.

5 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).

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 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.

11 Phillis Wheatley
Wheatley , Phillis

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

12 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.

13 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.

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 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.

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 Elizabeth Bishop
Bishop , Elizabeth

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

24 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.

25 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 .

26 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 .

27 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.

28 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.

29 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.

30 Judith Wright
Wright , Judith

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

31 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".

32 Gertrude Stein
Stein , Gertrude

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

33 Eavan Boland
Boland , Eavan

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An Irish poet.. Irish poet

34 Rebecca Elson
Elson , Rebecca

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

35 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.

36 Ingeborg Bachmann
Bachmann , Ingeborg

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An Austrian poet and author.. Austrian poet and author

37 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

38 Marilyn Hacker
Hacker , Marilyn

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

39 Louise Bogan
Bogan , Louise

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

40 Elinor Wylie
Wylie , Elinor

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

41 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.

42 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

43 Carolyn Kizer
Kizer , Carolyn

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. American poet; Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 1985

44 Maxine Kumin
Kumin , Maxine

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. American poet; US Poet Laureate 1981–1982

45 Ruth Padel
Padel , Ruth

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. British poet author critic

46 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 .