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Famous Estonian Poets - Famous Poets from Estonia

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

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Alliksaar, Artur

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Artur Alliksaar (15 April 1923 in Tartu – 12 August 1966 in Tartu) was an Estonian poet .
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Koidula, Lydia

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Lydia Emilie Florentine Jannsen, (24 December  [ O.S. 12 December]  1843 – 11 August  [ O.S. 30 July]  1886), known after her pen name Lydia Koidula was an Estonian poet. Her sobriquet means 'Lydia of the Dawn' in Estonian. It was given her by the writer Carl Robert Jakobson. She is also frequently referred to as Koidulaulik – 'Singer of the Dawn'.
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Adamson, Hendrik

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Hendrik Adamson (6 October  [ O.S. 24 September]  1891 – 7 March 1946) was an Estonian poet and teacher.
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Adson, Artur

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Artur Adson (3 February  [ O.S. 22 January]  1889 in Tartu – 5 January 1977 in Stockholm ) was an Estonian poet, writer and theatre critic.
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Alavainu, Ave

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Ave Alavainu (born 4 October 1942 in Tartu ) is an Estonian poet.
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Arder, Ott

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Ott Arder (February 26, 1950, in Tallinn – June 26, 2004, in Kassari ) was an Estonian poet, children's writer and translator. He was also the author of several popular songs and written texts.
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Kaplinski, Jaan

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Jaan Kaplinski (born January 22, 1941, in Tartu) is an Estonian poet, philosopher, and culture critic. Kaplinski is known for his independent mind, focus on global issues and support for left-wing/liberal thinking. He has been influenced by Eastern philosophical schools (taoism and especially buddhism).. Estonian poet philosopher and culture critic
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Barbarus, Johannes

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Johannes Vares (12 January 1890 [ O.S. 31 December 1889] – 29 November 1946), commonly known as Johannes Vares Barbarus, was an Estonian poet, doctor, and politician.
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Peterson, Kristjan Jaak

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Kristjan Jaak Peterson (March 14  [ O.S. March 2]  1801, Riga - August 4  [ O.S. July 23]  1822, Riga) also known as Christian Jacob Petersohn, was an Estonian poet, commonly regarded as a herald of Estonian national literature and the founder of modern Estonian poetry. His literary career was cut short by the tuberculosis that killed him at the age of 21. His birthday on March 14 is celebrated in Estonia as the Mother Tongue Day.
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Vares, Johannes

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Johannes Vares (12 January 1890 [ O.S. 31 December 1889] – 29 November 1946), commonly known as Johannes Vares Barbarus, was an Estonian poet, doctor, and politician.
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Viiding, Juhan

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Juhan Viiding (1 June 1948 – 21 February 1995), also known under the pseudonym of Jüri Üdi was an Estonian poet and actor .
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Enno, Ernst

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Ernst Enno (8 June  [ O.S. 27 May]  1875 in Valguta – 7 March 1934 in Haapsalu ) was an Estonian poet and writer.
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Ivask, Ivar

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Ivar Vidrik Ivask (December 17, 1927 Riga – September 23, 1992 Fountainstown, Ireland ) was an Estonian poet and literary scholar.
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Mets, Arvo

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Arvo Antonovich Mets (Russian : ; 29 April 1937 - 1997) was a Russian poet of Estonian descent. He is regarded as a master of Russian free verse. He also translated works of Estonian poets into Russian.
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Rannit, Alexis

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Alexis Rannit (born Alexey Konstantinovich Dolgoshev - ; Estonian: Aleksis Rannit ; 14 October 1914 Kallaste, Governorate of Livonia — 5 January 1985 New Haven, Connecticut, USA) was an Estonian poet, critic and literature researcher.
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Talvik, Heiti

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Heiti Talvik (born 9 November 1904 in Tartu, died 18 July 1947 in the Tyumen Oblast, Soviet Union ) was an Estonian poet.
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Beier, Priidu

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Priidu Beier (pseudonyms : Matti Moguci, Pierre Bezuhhov; born 16 October 1957 in Tartu ) is an Estonian poet and teacher. He has edited several publications and is also a member of the Estonian Writers' Union and Estonian Literary Society. Between 1984–1990 he was the Head of the Pedagogical arts sector of Tartu Art Museum. In 2007 he presented a poetry collection in Tartu with Doris Kareva. According to Tartu Postimees, Beier lives like a monk. He teaches art history at the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium in Tartu.
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Beekman, Vladimir

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Vladimir Beekman (born 23 August 1929 in Tallinn – 3 October 2009 in Tallinn) was an Estonian writer, poet and translator.
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Lipp, Martin

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Martin Lipp (14 April  [ O.S. 2 April]  1854 in Vooru, Tarvastu Parish – 8 March 1923 in Tallinn ) was an Estonian poet. He is best known as the author of the poem "The Estonian Flag", which was set to the music of the then young composer Enn Võrk. That song became as popular to the Estonian people as the "Marseillaise" was to the French in the times of the French Revolution and also played an important role in the time of the Second Awakening in late 1980s.
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Rummo, Paul-Eerik

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Paul-Eerik Rummo (born January 19, 1942, in Tallinn ) is an Estonian poet and politician and a former Estonian Minister of Culture and Education, as well as former Estonian Minister of Population Affairs .
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Traat, Mats

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Mats Traat (born November 23, 1936 in Arula, Otepää Parish ) is a prolific Estonian poet and author .
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Viiding, Paul

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Paul Viiding (22 May 1904 in Valga – 27 June 1962 in Tallinn ) was an Estonian poet, author and literary critic.
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Kangro, Bernard

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Bernard Kangro (* 18. September 1910 in village Oe, Võru County, Estonia ; died March 25 1994 in Lund, Sweden ) was an Estonian writer and poet.
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Sang, August

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August Sang (July 27, 1914, October 14, 1969) was an Estonian poet and literary translator.
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Oll, Sulev

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Sulev Oll (born March 17, 1964) is an Estonian journalist, sports historian and poet. He has worked for Postimees, a major Estonian newspaper. and is mentioned in the Estonian national biography. As a journalist and writer he is noted for his expertise in Estonian athletic history.
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