Famous Dutch Poets - Famous Poets from Netherlands

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

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Aafjes, Bertus

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Lambertus Jacobus Johannes Aafjes, known as Bertus Aafjes, was a Dutch poet whose work is marked by his devout Catholicism.
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van den Vondel, Joost

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Joost van den Vondel (17 November 1587 – 5 February 1679) was a Dutch writer and playwright. He is considered the most prominent Dutch poet and playwright of the 17th century. His plays are the ones from that period that are still most frequently performed, and his epic Joannes de Boetgezant (1662), on the life of John the Baptist, has been called the greatest Dutch epic.. Dutch playwright poet
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Adriaensz Bredero, Gerbrand

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Gerbrand Adriaensz Bredero (March 16, 1585 – August 23, 1618) was a Dutch poet and playwright in the period known as the Dutch Golden Age.. Dutch poet and playwright
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Achterberg, Gerrit

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Gerrit Achterberg (20 May 1905 – 17 January 1962) was a Dutch poet. His early poetry concerned a desire to be united with a beloved in death.
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Arends, Jan

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Jan Arends (11 September 1738, Dordrecht - 22 April 1805, Dordrecht) was a Dutch painter. He was the brother of the poet Roelof Arends. He was a pupil of J. Ponse, and painted landscapes and marine subjects. He laboured many years at Amsterdam and Middelburg, but returned eventually to Dordrecht, where he died in 1805. He was well skilled in perspective, and practised engraving.
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Cats, Jacob

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Jacob Cats (10 November 1577 – 12 September 1660) was a Dutch poet, humorist, jurist and politician. He is most famous for his emblem books .
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Anslo, Reyer

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Reyer Anslo (1622 or 1626 – 16 May 1669) was a Dutch poet.
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Benschop, Nel

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Nelly Anna "Nel" Benschop (16 January 1918 – 31 January 2005) was a Dutch poet. She was a best selling poet in the Netherlands.
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T'Hooft, Jotie

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Johan Geeraard Adriaan T'Hooft (9 May 1956 - 6 October 1977) was a Flemish Belgian neo-romantic poet .
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Hadewijch,

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Hadewijch (often referred to as Hadewych, Hadewig, Hadewijch of Antwerp or Hadewijch of Brabant ) was a 13th-century poet and mystic, probably living in the Duchy of Brabant, and perhaps in Antwerp. Most of her extant writings are in a Brabantian form of Middle Dutch. Her writings include visions, prose letters and poetry. The poetry of the mystic would play an important role in the essays, plays and novels of Belgian writer Suzanne Lilar and were one of the most important direct influences on the mystical thought of Blessed John of Ruysbroeck .
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Campert, Remco

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Remco Campert (born 29 July 1929) is a Dutch author, poet and columnist.. son of Jan; Dutch poet and novelist
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van Schurman, Anna Maria

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Anna Maria van Schurman (November 5, 1607–May 4/May 14, 1678) was a German- Dutch painter, engraver, poet and scholar. Highly educated woman by seventeenth century standards, she excelled in art, music, and literature, becoming proficient in 14 languages (including contemporary European languages): Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Aramaic, and Ethiopian.
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Barnas, Maria

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Maria Barnas (born 28 August 1973, Hoorn ) is a Dutch writer, poet and artist.
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Verwey, Albert

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Albert Verwey (Amsterdam, May 15, 1865 - Noordwijk aan Zee, March 8, 1937) was a Dutch poet associated with the " Movement of Eighty ".
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Sterenborg, Fenny

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Fenny Sterenborg: Dutch poet. Fenny Sterenborg poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Fenny Sterenborg biography.
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Slauerhoff, J.

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Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, who published as J. Slauerhoff, was a Dutch poet and novelist. He is considered one of the most important Dutch language writers .
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Vasalis, M.

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Maria Vasalis (The Hague, 13 February 1909- Roden 16 October 1998) was a Dutch poet and psychiatrist. M. Vasalis is the pseudonym of Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans. Vasalis is her Latinized maiden name.
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Kloos, Willem

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Willem Johannes Theodorus (Willem) Kloos (6 May 1859, Amsterdam – 31 March 1938, The Hague ) was a Dutch poet and literary critic, and is widely considered one of the great writers of the Dutch language .
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Benders, M. H.

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Martinus Hendrikus (Martijn) Benders (born 23 July 1971, Helmond [1] ) is a Dutch poet who currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey. [2] M.H. Benders was one of the first Dutch poets that worked with multimedia on the internet and exploited one of the most critical literary sites, Loewak. He won the Meervaart Price for Literature in 1994 and the Dunya Price for Literature in 2003. However, instead of collecting these prices himself he sent Dikke Dennis to read poetry pretending to be M.H.Benders. On another occasion the Dutch composer Samuel Vriezen performed pretending to be Benders with a fake moustache .
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Barlaeus,

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Caspar Barlaeus (February 12, 1584 – January 14, 1648) was a Dutch polymath and Renaissance humanist, a theologian, poet, and historian.
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Lucebert,

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Lucebert (/ ' l u t b r t / ; Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk; 15 September 1924 – 10 May 1994) was a Dutch artist who first became known as the poet of the COBRA movement.
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Bilderdijk, Willem

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Willem Bilderdijk (Amsterdam, September 7, 1756 - Haarlem, December 18, 1831), Dutch poet, the son of an Amsterdam physician. When he was six years old an accident to his foot incapacitated him for ten years, and he developed habits of continuous and concentrated study. His parents were ardent partisans of the House of Orange-Nassau, and Bilderdijk grew up with strong monarchical and Calvinistic convictions.
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Boerstoel, Jan

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Jan Boerstoel (born 3 November 1944, The Hague ) is a Dutch writer and poet who is perhaps best known for his song texts, especially for cabaret. He lives in Amsterdam. His poetry is melancholy, but often humorous as well. In his songs, Boerstoel frequently criticizes society. Many of his lyrics have been used by well-known Dutch artists such as Karin Bloemen, Martine Bijl and Youp van 't Hek.
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Marsman, Hendrik

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Hendrik Marsman (Zeist, 30 September 1899 – English Channel, 21 June 1940) was a Dutch poet and writer. He drowned while escaping to Great Britain, when the ship he was on was torpedoed by a German submarine .
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Hanlo, Jan

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Johannes Bernardus Maria Raphael Hanlo (Bandoeng, Indonesia, 29 May 1912 - Maastricht, 16 June 1969) was, under the pen name Jan Hanlo, a Dutch poet and writer.
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Huygens, Constantijn

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Sir Constantijn Huygens (September 4, 1596 – March 28, 1687), was a Dutch Golden Age poet and composer. He was secretary to two Princes of Orange: Frederick Henry and William II, and the father of the scientist Christiaan Huygens .
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Bellamy, Jacobus

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Jacob (Jacobus) Bellamy (November 12, 1757 in Flushing, Netherlands (local name Vlissingen ) – March 11, 1786 in Utrecht ) was a Dutch poet .
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Costa, Isaäc da

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Isaac da Costa (January 14, 1798 – April 28, 1860) was a Jewish poet .
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Vroman, Leo

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Leo Vroman (born April 10, 1915) is a Dutch - American hematologist, a prolific poet mainly in Dutch and an illustrator. Vroman was born in Gouda and he studied biology in Utrecht. When the Nazis occupied the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, he fled to London. From there he traveled to the Dutch East Indies. He finished his studies in Batavia. After the Japanese occupied Indonesia he was interned and stayed in several prisoner-of-war camps. In the camp Tjimahi he befriended famous author Tjalie Robinson and Rob Nieuwenhuys .
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Beets, Nicolaas

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Nicolaas (Nikolaas) Beets (1814-1903), Dutch poet, was born at Haarlem on the 13th of September 1814; constant references in his poems and sketches show how deeply the beauty of that town and its neighbourhood impressed his imagination.
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Elsschot, Willem

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Alphonsus Josephus de Ridder (7 May 1882 - 31 May 1960), was a Flemish writer and poet who wrote under the pseudonym Willem Elsschot (Dutch pronunciation:  ['wlm 'lsxt]. A number of his works have been translated into English.
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Faverey, Hans

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Hans Antonius Faverey (Paramaribo, 14 September 1933 - Amsterdam, 8 July 1990) was a Dutch poet of Surinam descent. Besides being a poet, he was a lecturer at the psychology department of the Universiteit Leiden. His poetry is influenced by the Vijftigers .
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Gezelle, Guido

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Guido Pieter Theodorus Josephus Gezelle (1 May 1830 – 27 November 1899) was an influential Flemish language writer and poet and a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium .
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Buddingh', C.

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Cornelis (Cees) Buddingh' (7 August 1918 – 24 November 1985) was a Dutch poet, TV-presenter, translator, and the father of Harry Potter translator Wiebe Buddingh'. Amongst others he translated A Clockwork Orange and the complete works of William Shakespeare into Dutch .
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Secundus, Johannes

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Johannes Secundus (also Janus Secundus) (15 November 1511 – 25 September 1536) was a New Latin poet of Dutch nationality.. Dutch Neo-Latin poet
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Wilmink, Willem

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Willem Wilmink ['lm 'lmk] (Enschede, 25 October 1936 – 2 August 2003) was a Dutch poet and writer. He was best known for his the large number of songs he wrote for popular children programs and his simple poetry.
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Nescio,

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" Nescio ", Latin for "I don't know", was the pseudonym of the Dutch writer Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh, who was born on June 22, 1882 in Amsterdam and died on July 25, 1961 in Hilversum, also in the Netherlands. Grönloh was a businessman by profession, but as Nescio he is mainly remembered for the three novellas De uitvreter (The Moocher), Titaantjes (Little Titans) and Dichtertje (Little Poet). His reputation as an important Dutch writer was only established after his death.
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Kal, Jan

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Johannes Pieter "Jan" Kal / j n k l / (born December 18, 1946, in Haarlem ) is a Dutch poet. He lives in Amsterdam. Along with others, such as Gerrit Komrij, Jan Kuijper, and Jean-Pierre Rawie, he helped revive the sonnet in Dutch literature, and substantially all of Kal's work is in sonnet form. His earliest published work is dated 1966, and his first volume of sonnets, Fietsen op de Mont Ventoux ("Cycling up Mont Ventoux") was published in 1974. His range of styles and subjects is wide, including love poetry, religious poems, and occasional poetry (notably celebrating sportsmen Ard Schenk, Joop Zoetemelk and Johan Cruijff ). His poetry tends to humorous irony as well as, at times, melancholy. To English-speaking readers who understand a little Dutch, perhaps his most accessible poems are his many sonnet versions of American popular songs, including those of Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan and his favourite, Frank Sinatra .
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Rowlands, Richard

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Richard Rowlands (c. 1550 – 1640), Anglo - Dutch antiquary, whose real name was Verstegen (usually anglicized Verstegan ), was the son of a cooper established in East London. His grandfather, Theodore Roland Verstegen, a Dutch emigrant, came from Gelderland to the Kingdom of England c. 1500.
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Rodenbach, Albrecht

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Albrecht Rodenbach (Dutch pronunciation:  ['lbrçt 'rodmbx] ; 27 October 1856 - 23 June 1880) was a Flemish poet, and a leader in the revival of Flemish literature that occurred in the late 19th Century. He is more noteworthy as a symbol of the Flemish movement, than for his actual activities, since he died at the age of 23. Hugo Verriest called Rodenbach the poet, the soul, the heart, the mind, the word of Reborn Flanders!.
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Vinkenoog, Simon

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Simon Vinkenoog (18 July 1928 – 12 July 2009) was a Dutch poet and writer. He was the editor of the anthology Atonaal (Atonal), which launched the Dutch "Fifties Movement".
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Pfeijffer, Ilja Leonard

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Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer (born 17 January 1968, Rijswijk ), Dutch poet, novelist, polemicist and classical scholar, was born in Rijswijk, Netherlands, and having studied, lived and worked in Leiden, he moved permanently to Genoa, Italy, in 2008.
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Vries, Hendrik de

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Hendrik (Henry) de Vries (17 August 1896, Groningen, Netherlands - 18 November 1989, Haren, Netherlands ) was a significant Dutch poet and painter. He was an early surrealist, was liberal-minded, and preached vitality. The subconscious mind plays a crucial role in his poetry.
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Nijhoff, Martinus

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Martinus Nijhoff (April 20, 1894 in The Hague – January 26, 1953 in The Hague) was a Dutch poet and essayist. He studied literature in Amsterdam and law in Utrecht. His debut was made in 1916 with his volume De wandelaar ("The wanderer"). From that moment he gradually expanded his reputation by his unique style of poetry: not experimental, like Paul Van Ostaijen, yet distinguished by the clarity of his language combined with mystical content. He was a literary craftsman who employed skilfully various verse forms from different literary epochs.
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Madocke maecte, Willem die

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Willem die Madocke maecte (c.1200–c.1250) ("William-who-made-the-Madoc") is the traditional designation of a 13th-century Dutch poet who wrote Van den Vos Reinaerde, a version of the story of Reynard the Fox. The poem dates from around 1250. It is considered a major work of Middle Dutch literature and has been called "the pinnacle of Gothic literature in the Netherlands."
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van Focquenbroch, Willem Godschalck

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Willem Godschalck van Focquenbroch (1640 – June 1670) was a Dutch poet and playwright. Aside from satirical and burlesque plays and poetry, he also wrote more serious works in a Petrarchic tradition. Whereas there was little attention for Focquenbroch in the nineteenth century, interest in him renewed in the twentieth century.
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Mérode, Willem de

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Willem de Mérode (September 2, 1887, Spijk — May 22, 1939, Eerbeek ) was the pseudonym of the Dutch poet, Willem Eduard Keuning. His work is considered [ by whom ] to be the most important Christian work in Dutch between the two World Wars.
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Verhelst, Peter

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Peter Verhelst (28 January 1962) is a Belgian Flemish novelist, poet and dramatist. He won the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prijs for Tongkat. His latest novel is a political thriller, Zwerm .
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Ostaijen, Paul van

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Paul van Ostaijen (22 February 1896 – 18 March 1928) was a Belgian poet and writer.
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Valerius, Adriaen

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Adrianus (Adriaen) Valerius, also known as Adriaen Valerius, (c. 1575 – 1625) was a Dutch poet and composer, known mostly for his poems dealing with peasant and burgher life and those dealing with the Dutch War of Independence, assembled in his great work Nederlandtsche gedenck-clanck.
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