100 Best Poets of All Time

A Collection of the Best Poets of All Time as selected by PoetrySoup members. List of the 100 best famous poets in history with their best poetry.

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Abercrombie , Lascelles
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Lascelles Abercrombie (also known as the Georgian Laureate) (January 9, 1881 – October 27, 1938) was a British poet and literary critic, one of the "Dymock poets". He was born in Ashton-on-Mersey and educated at the University of Manchester.

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".

Adolfo Becquer , Gustavo
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Gustavo Adolfo Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, was a Spanish post-romanticist poet and writer (mostly short stories), also a playwright, literary columnist, and talented drawer. Today he is considered one of the most important figures in Spanish literature. He adopted the alias of Bécquer as his brother Valeriano Bécquer, a painter, had done earlier. He was associated with the post-romanticism movement and wrote while realism was enjoying success in Spain. He was moderately well known during his life, but it was after his death that most of his works were published. His best known works are the Rhymes and the Legends, usually published together as Rimas y leyendas.

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.

Akahito , Yamabe no
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Yamabe no Akahito was a poet of the Nara period in Japan. The Man'yoshu, an ancient anthology, contains 13 choka ("long poems") and 37 tanka ("short poems") of his. Many of his poems were composed during journeys with Emperor Shomu between 724 and 736. Yamabe is regarded as one of the kami of poetry, and is called Waka Nisei along with Kakinomoto no Hitomaro. He is noted as one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals .

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.

Alighieri , Dante
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Dante Alighieri is an Italian Florentine poet (born in Florence, Italy in 1265). His greatest work is la Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).

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.

Arnold , Matthew
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Matthew Arnold (Matthew) was an English Victorian Era poet and critic. He was educated at Winchester, Rugby, and Oxford, where he won the Newdigate prize. In 1857 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Mr. Arnold has a lucid style and is abreast of the thought of his age. He may be said in his own words to wander "between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born."

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).

Bai , Li
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A Chinese poet who lived during the Tang Dynasty.. major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period

Basho , Matsuo
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Matsuo Basho (1644–1694), renku and haiku poet

Baudelaire , Charles
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Charles Pierre Baudelaire is one of the most influential French poets of the nineteenth century. French poet essayist art critic and translator, b. Paris, 9 April 1821, the son of a distinguished friend of Cabanis and Condorcet. He first became famous by the publication of Fleurs du Mal, 1857, in which appeared Les Litanies de Satan. The work was prosecuted and suppressed. Baudelaire translated some of the writings of E. A. Poe, a poet whom he resembled much in life and character. The divine beauty of his face has been celebrated by the French poet, Théodore de Banville, and his genius in some magnificent stanzas by the English poet, Algernon Swinburne. Died Paris 31 Aug. 1867.

Blake , William
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William Blake (born on November 28, 1757 in London's West End) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. He was one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era.

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

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.

Bronte , Charlotte
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Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell.

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.

Browning , Robert
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Robert Browning, English poet born at Camberwell, London on the 7th of May 1812, was one of the foremost Victorian poets and master of dramatic verse.

Burns , Robert
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Robert Burns was a poet and songwriter widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. This celebrated Scottish poet and lyricist was born at Alloway, near Ayr, in 1759. Burns' poem "A Red, Red Rose" is considered one of the greatest poems of all-time.

Buson , Yosa
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Yosa Buson was a Japanese poet and painter from the Edo period. Along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, Buson is considered among the greatest poets of the Edo Period. Buson was born in the village of Kema in Settsu Province (now Kema-cho, Miyakojima Ward in the city Osaka). His original family name was Taniguchi.. Japanese haikai poet and painter

Byron , George (Lord)
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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric " She Walks in Beauty ." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

Campbell , Thomas
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A Scottish poet.. Scottish poet

Carroll , Lewis
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Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman, and photographer. His fame rests on his books for children of which Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and its sequel, Through the Looking-glass, are the best.

Chaucer , Geoffrey
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An English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat (courtier), and diplomat.. author philosopher alchemist and astronomer; Father of English literature

Coleridge , Samuel Taylor
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as for his major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. He coined many familiar words and phrases, including the celebrated suspension of disbelief. He was a major influence, via Emerson, on American transcendentalism.. English poet

Crane , Stephen
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Stephen Crane was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Impressionism. He is recognized by modern critics as one of the most innovative writers of his generation.. American novelist short story writer poet and journalist

Cummings , Edward Estlin (E E)
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Edward Estlin Cummings, born October 14 1894, was a great 20th century American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright.

Das , Gopabandhu
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Gopabandhu Dash, known as Utkalamani (Gem of Odisha ), was a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist. Gopabandhu Das is one of the founders of the modern Orissa state, is also remembered for his patriotic lyrical poems and lucid, thought provoking prose writings.

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.

Donne , John
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John Donne (1572 – March 31, 1631) was a Jacobean poet, satirist, lawyer and preacher/cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the founding figure of the so-called metaphysical poetry movement.

Eliot , T S (Thomas Stearns)
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Thomas Stearns Eliot was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets." Born in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 at age 25 and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39. He attended prominent academies through his youth, eventually getting accepted into Harvard. His drive for education led him to the Sorbonne in Paris, France for a time as well, on his way to a Ph.D.

Emerson , Ralph Waldo
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a famous American preacher, philosopher, and poet of the 19th century who served as the center of the Transcendental movement.

Ezhuthachan , Thunchaththu Ramanujan
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Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan was an Indian poet from around the 16th century. He is known as "The Father Of The Malayalam language" — the principal language of the Indian state of Kerala. He was born in Trikkantiyur, in the town of Tirur, in Vettathunadu. Thunchaththu is his family name, Ramanujan his given name, and Ezhuthachan (schoolmaster) is an honorific title or the last name indicating his caste. His name is transliterated in several ways, including Thunchath Ezhuthachan, Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan, Thunchaththu Ezhuthachchan and Thunjath Ezhuthachan .

Frost , Robert
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Robert Frost was an American poet born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. One of the foremost poets of the 20th century and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Fu , Du
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A prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty.. prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty

García Lorca , Federico
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Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. He was executed by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. In 2008, a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. The García Lorca family eventually dropped objections to the excavation of a potential gravesite near Alfacar. However, no human remains were found.

Gibran , Kahlil
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Khalil Gibran (Gibran Khalil Gibran, Kahlil Gibran, Jubran Khalil Jubran or Jibran Khalil Jibran) was a Lebanese artist, poet, philosopher, and writer.

Hardy , Thomas
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Thomas Hardy was a British novelist, short story writer, and poet of the Naturalist movement. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, with whose scenery he has made his readers familiar; bred an architect; first earned popularity in 1874 by his "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was followed by, among others, "The Return of the Native," "The Woodlanders," and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," the last in 1892, books which require to be read in order to appreciate the genius of the author; b. 1840.

Herbert , George
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George Herbert was a Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest. Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education which led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, George Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI. Herbert served in parliament for two years. public orator and poet

Herrick , Robert
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A 17th century English poet.. English poet

Hikmet , Nazim
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Nâzim Hikmet Ran, commonly known as Nâzim Hikmet, was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist and memoirist. He was acclaimed for the "lyrical flow of his statements". Described as a "romantic communist" and "romantic revolutionary", he was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or in exile. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages.

Homer ,
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Homer, the great epic poet of Greece, and the greatest of all time; author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey". He is one of the most well-known, studied, and referred to poets in the history of the world.

Hood , Thomas
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English humorist and poet; father of playwright and editor.

Hopkins , Gerard Manley
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Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and Jesuit priest, whose posthumous 20th-century fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.. English poet Roman Catholic convert and Jesuit priest

Hughes , Langston
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Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and newspaper columnist. He is noted as having been a creator of jazz poetry and as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American cultural movement that occurred during the 1920s and 1930s.

Hugo , Victor
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A poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, visual artist, statesman and human rights campaigner.. French poet novelist and dramatist

Issa , Kobayashi
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A Japanese writer of haikai (haiku) known for his hokku verses.. Japanese haikai poet

Jonson , Ben
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Ben (Benjamin) Jonson was a noted English poet, literary critic, and playwright during the late 16th and early 17th Centuries.

Keats , John
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John Keats was an English poet who is now regarded as being one of the greatest lyric poets of his time and one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. He was born in London on October 31, 1795 and in his short lifetime had 54 poems published in various magazines and in three volumes of poetry. Recognition of his achievements as one of the leading poets of his time only came after his death in Rome on February 23, 1821.

Khayyam , Omar
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Omar Khayyám was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music.. Persian polymath: philosopher mathematician astronomer and poet

Kipling , Rudyard
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Rudyard Kipling was a British short-story writer, poet, and novelist, born in Mumbai, India and educated in England. One of Kipling's most famous works is The Jungle Books; a collection of poems and stories.

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

Lear , Edward
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Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized.

Lewis , C S
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an Irish author and scholar of mixed Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.. novelist poet academic medievalist literary critic essayist lay theologian and Christian apologist from Belfast

Longfellow , Henry Wadsworth
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American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of the greatest poets in American history. Born in Portland, Maine, He became professor of Modern Languages in Harvard University; wrote "Hyperion," a romance in prose, and a succession of poems as well as lyrics, among the former "Evangeline," "The Golden Legend," "Hiawatha," and "Miles Standish"

Machado , Antonio
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Spanish poet; a leader of the Generation of '98.

Martí , José
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José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. In his short life he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, and a political theorist. He was also a part of the Cuban Freemasons.

Marvell , Andrew
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Andrew Marvell was an English metaphysical poet, Parliamentarian, and the son of a Church of England clergyman (also named Andrew Marvell). As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton.. English metaphysical poet and politician

Mayakovsky , Vladimir
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Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky was a Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor. He was born in Baghdati, Russian Empire on July 19, 1893. he was the youngest child of Ukrainian parents.

Milton , John
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John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He is known for the works: Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Lycidas, L'Allegro, and Il Penseroso.

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.

Moore , Thomas
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Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death.. Irish poet singer songwriter and entertainer

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.

Nambiar , Kunchan
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Kalakkathu Kunchan Nambiar (Malayalam : , kuñcan Nampyar ) was an early Malayalam language poet, performer, satirist and the inventor of local art form Ottamtullal. He is often considered as the master of Malayalam satirist poetry.

Neruda , Pablo
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Pablo Neruda is a Chilean poet, author, and communist activist considered one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. His real name was Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto.

Pillai , Changampuzha Krishna
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Changampuzha Krishna Pillai was a celebrated Malayalam poet from Kerala, India, known almost exclusively for his romantic elegy Ramanan (Malayalam ) which was written in 1936 and sold over 100,000 copies. It is a play written in the form of verse. It is a long pastoral elegy allegedly based on the life of Changampuzha's friend Edappally Raghavan Pillai. This has also been converted into a movie in 1967. He is credited with bringing poetry to the masses with his simple romantic style. He died of Tuberculosis at a young age of 36. His style influenced the next few generations of Malayalam poetry.

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.

Po , Li
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Li Bai (Li Pai ; Chinese : ; pinyin : Li Bái ; Wade–Giles : Li 3 Pai 2, 701  – 762), also known as Li Bo (or Li Po ; pinyin : Li Bó ; Wade–Giles : Li 3 Po 2 ), is a Chinese poet acclaimed from his own day to the present as a genius and romantic figure who took traditional poetic forms to new heights. He and his friend Du Fu (712-770) are the two most prominent figures in the flourishing of Chinese poetry in the mid- Tang Dynasty that is often called the " Golden Age ."

Poe , Edgar Allan
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​Edgar Allan Poe is an American poet and short story writer best known for his tales of the macabre. Poe was an author, poet, editor, and literary critic most famously known for his poem "The Raven".

Pope , Alexander
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Alexander Pope was an eighteenth-century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope is famous for his use of the heroic couplet.. English poet

Pushkin , Alexander
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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers. He also wrote historical fiction. His The Captain's Daughter provides insight into Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. A Russian Romantic author who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet.

Raleigh , Sir Walter
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Sir Walter Raleigh is a famed English writer, poet, courtier, aristocrat, and explorer. His most influential work of poetry was entitled "The Lie." He was born in Devon, England and died in London.

Riley , James Whitcomb
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Beloved American writer and poet called the "Hoosier poet".. American writer poet; known as the Hoosier Poet and Children's Poet

Rilke , Rainer Maria
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Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian–Austrian poet and art critic. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.

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

Rumi , Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207–1273), Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic

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.

Scott , Sir Walter
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A prolific Scottish historical novelist and romantic poet of the 19th century.. Scottish historical novelist playwright and poet

Service , Robert William
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Robert William Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". He is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough (1907; also published as The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses).

Shakespeare , William
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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He is one of the world's most highly esteemed writers, and is thought to be the most quoted author in history, second only to the Bible. His plays and poems have been studied, analyzed, read, and loved for centuries.

Shelley , Percy Bysshe
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One of the major English Romantic poets.. one of the major English Romantic poets

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. .

Silverstein , Shel
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Sheldon Silverstein is American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, screenwriter, and author of children's literature from Chicago.

Southey , Robert
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Robert Southey was an English Romantic poet. One of the "Lake Poets"; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1813–1843.

Stevens , Wallace
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A major American Modernist poet.. American Modernist poet

Stevenson , Robert Louis
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A Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a representative of Neo-romanticism in England.. Scottish novelist poet essayist and travel writer

Tagore , Rabindranath
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Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, visual artist, playwright, composer, and novelist from India. He won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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.

Tennyson , Alfred Lord
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Alfred Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850–1892 and is one of the most popular English poets. He lived from 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892.

the Magnificent , Suleiman
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Suleiman I (Ottoman Turkish: Suleyman, Modern Turkish: Süleyman, Turkish pronunciation), almost always Kanuni Sultan Süleyman; was the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, from 1520 to his death in 1566. He is known in the West as Suleiman the Magnificent and in the East, as the Lawgiver (Turkish: Kanuni; Arabic:, al-Qanuni), for his complete reconstruction of the Ottoman legal system. Ruler of the Ottoman Empire and Islamic poet.

Thoreau , Henry David
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An American author, development critic, transcendentalist, pacifist, and philosopher.. American author poet philosopher abolitionist naturalist tax resister development critic surveyor historian and leading transcendentalist

Twain , Mark
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Mark Twain is the famous pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who was born on November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He is one of the most beloved figures in the history of American literature, and was a journalist, novelist, humorist, literary critic, essayist, short story writer, and poet. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel ."

von Goethe , Johann Wolfgang
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A German polymath: he was a poet, novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist, theorist and painter.. German writer artist and politician

Wei , Wang
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A Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter and statesman.. Chinese priestess and poet

Whitman , Walt
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American Walt Whitman, born on May 31, 1819, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and most influential poets and writers.

Whittier , John Greenleaf
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An American Quaker poet and forceful advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.. American poet

Wilde , Oscar
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An Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason.. Irish writer playwright and poet

Wordsworth , William
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Major English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, born in 1770, is considered to be one of the most important literary figures in modern history, as well as one of the leading purveyors of the Romantic Movement.

Yeats , William Butler
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William Butler Yeats, who is often considered to be one of the foremost figures of the 20th century literature, was born in Sandymount Castle, Dublin (Ireland) on June 13, 1865. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years.

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