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Famous Poets: Beginning with the letter - x

Famous poets whose last name begins with the letter x. A collection of various famous poets.

Makhosazana Xaba (born 1957) is a South African poet. She trained as a nurse and has worked a women's health specialist in NGO's, as well as writing on gender and health.
Emanuel Xavier (born May 3, 1971), is an American poet, spoken word artist, novelist, editor, and activist born and raised in New York City, in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. Of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian ancestry, he emerged from the neo- Nuyorican spoken word movement to become a successful writer and advocate for gay youth programs and Latino gay literature. Once a street hustler and drug dealer, he has conducted spoken word poetry workshops and produced benefits and events for youth organizations around the United States.
Xi Xi (Chinese : , born 1938) is the pseudonym of the Chinese author and poet Zhang Yan (Chinese : ). She was born in China and came to Hong Kong at the age of twelve. She was a teacher and now a Hong Kong-based writer. Her works are popular in Taiwan and mainland China. She has become rather well-known to secondary school age Hong Kong people these years likewise, though, not owing to her other specific masterpieces but, very likely, “ Shops ”, one of her essays which is adopted as reading materials for the Chinese Language paper of Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination by the Hong Kong Examination Authority. The screenplay for the 2006 film, 2 Become 1 was based on her novel, “ Mourn Over the Breasts ”. The film starred Hong Kong Cantopop singer Miriam Yeung, as a woman who suffers breast cancer .
Sima Xiangru, also known as Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju (179–127 BC) was a Chinese poet, musician, and author of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 9 CE). Sima's importance in Classical Chinese poetry consists both in his surviving works, several of which are especially famous, but also in his contribution to innovation in form and style. His poetry includes his invention or at least development of the fu form, applying new metrical rhythms to the lines of poetry, which he mixed with lines of prose, and provided with several of what would in ensuing centuries become among a group of common set topics for this genre. He was also versatile enough to write in the Chu Ci-style, while it was enjoying a brief renaissance, and he also wrote lyrics in what would become known as the yuefu formal style. Musically, Sima Xiangru is known for mastery of the guqin .
Su Xiaoxiao (, died c. 501), also known as Su Xiaojun and sometimes by the appellation "Little Su", was a famous courtesan and poet from Qiantang city (now Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China) in the Southern Qi Dynasty (479–502). She had a sister named Su Pannu.. courtesan and poet in the Southern Qi Dynasty
Yu Xin (Chinese : ; pinyin : Yu Xìn ; Wade–Giles : Yü Hsin) (513-581) was a poet of the Liang and Northern Zhou dynasties. He was born and raised in Jiangling, which was once the capital of Chu. His family was wealthy and aristocratic, and Yu became an important official of the Liang dynasty. As such, he served as the lover and patron of aspiring statesman Wang Shao.
Nalan Xingde (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; Wade-Giles : Na-lan Hsing-te; 1655–1685) was a Chinese poet active during the Qing Dynasty, famous for his ci poetry. He was actually born Nalan Chengde, but had to change his name when the Kangxi Emperor named Yinreng, whose birth name also had the character cheng, the crown prince. Xingde also adopted the courtesy name Rongruo .
Yang Xiong (53 BCE–18 CE) was a Chinese Confucian, poet, and author from modern Chengdu, Sichuan. His name written in Chinese is, but it is also frequently mistaken as in historical documents, for example in the Sancai Tuhui .
Ramon Xirau Subias (Spanish:  [ra'mon i'au], Catalan:  [r'mo i'aw] ) (born in Barcelona, Spain on 20 January 1924) is a Mexican poet, philosopher and literary critic. In 1939, shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish civil war, he emigrated to Mexico where he obtained Mexican citizenship in 1955. He obtained a Master's Degree in philosophy at the UNAM and an honorary doctorate from the Universidad de las Américas, he is an emeritus research faculty member of the UNAM y and the National System of Researchers. At the UNAM he has taught at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature and has done research at the Institute of Philosophy Research. He is a member of the Colegio Nacional since 1973. He received the Legion of Honour from France and the Isabel la Católica from Spain awards as well as the Cruz de Saint Jordi from the Generalitat of Catalonia for his works in essay and academics in Spanish and Catalan literature. He has also received the Elías Sourasky and the Premio Universidad Nacional awards at the UNAM. Professor Xirau is mostly known in the English speaking world as the co-author of The Nature of Man along with Erich Fromm (Macmillan 1968, ISBN 0-02-084960-5 ).
Ouyang Xiu (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Ouyáng Xiu; Wade–Giles: Ou-yang Hsiu) (1007 – September 22, 1072) was a Chinese statesman, historian, essayist and poet of the Song Dynasty. He is also known by his courtesy name of Yongshu, and was also self nicknamed The Old Drunkard, or Householder of the One of Six in his old age. Due to the multi-faceted nature of his talents, he would be regarded in Western parlance as a Renaissance man.. Chinese statesman historian essayist calligrapher and poet of the Song Dynasty
Xuanji, or Yu Hsuan-chi, Yu
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Yu Xuanji (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Yú Xuánji ; Wade–Giles : Yü Hsüan-chi, approximate dates 844–869, or, according to one source, 871), courtesy names Youwei (Chinese : ; pinyin : Yòuwei ) and Huìlan (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Huìlán ), was a Late Tang Dynasty Chinese poet, from in Chang'an. Her family name, Yu, is relatively rare. Her given name, Xuanji, means something like "Profound Theory" or "Mysterious Principle," and is a technical term in Daoism and Buddhism. "Yòuwei" means something like "Young and Tiny;" and, Huìlán refers to a species of fragrant orchid. She is distinctive for the quality of her poems, including many written in what seems to be a remarkably frank and direct autobiographical style; that is, using her own voice rather than speaking through a persona. She is of interest in feminist studies as one of relatively few early female Chinese poets, at least whose works have been preserved.
Xudoyberdiyeva, Halima
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Halima Xudoyberdiyeva (Cyrillic , also romanized as Halima Khudoiberdieva or Hudoyberdieva) (born May 17, 1947) is a noted Uzbek poet whose themes at different times of her career have dealt with Uzbek nationhood and history, liberation movements, and feminism. She has been awarded the title People's Poet of Uzbekistan .
Cali Xuseen Xirsi (born in 1949) is a Somali poet who wrote his poems in the 1960s. He was the first Somali poet to put his poems on paper and in print. Two of his poems appeared in the magazines Sahan (Reconnaissance) and Horseed (Vanguard), although most of them still reached the public in oral form. Cali often wrote on social topics. One of his poems, for instance, was a commentary on the political situation of the Somali people in the late 1950s, and another, written in 1962, was a protest against the import of foreign cars when the mass of the people were still living in poverty.. Somali poet who was active in the 1960s