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Famous Poets: Beginning with the letter - z

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

Nathan Zach (Hebrew : ) (born 1930) is an Israeli poet.
Zaddik, Joseph ben Jacob ibn
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Rabbi Joseph ben Jacob ibn Tzaddik (-1149) was a Spanish rabbi, poet, and philosopher. A Talmudist of high repute, he was appointed in 1138 dayyan at Cordova, which office he held conjointly with Maimon, father of Maimonides, until his death. Joseph was also a highly gifted poet, as is attested by Alharizi. Several of Joseph's religious poems are found in the Sephardic and African machzorim ; and a poem addressed to Judah ha-Levi, on his visit to Cordova en route to Palestine, is included in the latter's diwan.
The last Mughal emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) was born Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah Zafar and was a very famous Urdu poet in his times. His poems are still read with much enthusiasm and admiration among the numerous Urdu poetry fans.
Adam Zagajewski (born 21 June 1945 in Lwów, Ukraine) is a Polish poet, novelist, translator and essayist.. Polish poet novelist translator and essayist
Zareh Yaldizciyan (10 May 1924 – 20 February 2007), better known by his pen name Zahrad (Armenian : ), was a poet lived in Turkey and produced poems in Western Armenian language.
Gabriel Zaid is a Mexican writer, poet and intellectual.
al-Kumayt ibn Zayd al-Asadi (679/680-743 AD) was an Arabian poet from Kufa that used the language of the Bedouins to write poems in praise of the Umayyads, as well as 'Ali and his family. [ citation needed ] He was a schoolteacher at a local mosque until he was encouraged to write poetry instead. He wrote several series of poems including: his Mudhahhaba, his Malhama, and, arguably his most famous series, the Hashimayyat or Hashirrnyyst. al-Kumayt was imprisoned by the caliph for his writings and escaped through the help of his wife. He later received a pardon from the caliph and was allowed to return to Kufa. While going to recite a poem, al-Kumayt was attacked by his Yemeni guards and killed. It is believed that the Hashimayyat and it’s supposedly pro-‘Alid poetry led to his assassination. [ citation needed ] While much of his poetry is controversial, it is generally not disputed that he wrote well of both the 'Alids and the Umayyads. [ citation needed ]
Mohsin Zaidi (1935 – 2003) was an Urdu poet ('Shayar' ) who used to write by the pen name 'Mohsin'. Saiyed Mohsin Raza Zaidi (Urdu : ) was born in Bahraich, a town in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India on 10 July 1935, to parents, Saiyed Ali Raza Zaidi and Sughra Begum. He died in Lucknow on 3 September 2003.
Mustafa Zaidi (1930-1970) was a progressive Urdu poet whose work and literary accomplishments remain popular and relevant today. [ citation needed ] He was born on 16 October 1930 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India to Lakhte Hasnain and Binte Haider. His father was a senior official in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the UP Province, with roots in Meman Saadat, a village in district Bijnor. Mustafa Zaidi grew up in a household with five elder half brothers and was the second of three full brothers. [ citation needed ]
Nezam od-Din Ubeydollah Zâkâni (Persian : ), or simply Ubayd-i Zakani (Persian : c. 1300 – 1371 CE ), was a Persian poet and satirist of the 14th century (Timurid Period ) from the city of Qazvin. He studied in Shiraz, Iran under the best masters of his day, but eventually moved back to his native town of Qazvin. He however preferred Shiraz to Qazvin, as he was a court poet in Shiraz for Shah Abu Ishaq, where a young Hafez was present as well.
Zakur, Mohammed ibn Qasim ibn
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Abu Abdallah Mohammed ibn Qasim ibn Zakur (died 1708) was a Moroccan poet, historian and travel writer from Fes. He was a pupil of the school of Abu Ali al-Hassan al-Yusi. He wrote poetry, history, biographies, travel accounts, and books on grammar, rhetoric, law and theology. One of his travel accounts is about a journey he made to Algeria in 1682. His poems were published in a diwan.
Zamani, Mohammad Hashem
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Mohammad Hashem Zamani (Pashto : - born 1928 - June 10, 2005), was a prominent Afghan poet.
Andrea Zanzotto (born October 10, 1921) is an Italian poet.. Italian poet
Matthew Zapruder (born 1967 in Washington, D.C.) is an American poet, editor, translator, and professor. His second poetry collection, The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon Press, 2006), won the 2007 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. His first book, American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002) won the Tupelo Press Editors' Prize.. American poet editor translator and professor
Lisa Zaran: American poet. Lisa Zaran poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Lisa Zaran biography.
Nurit Zarchi (Hebrew : ) (born Jerusalem, October 19, 1941; 28 Tishri 5702 AM ) is an Israeli poet and author for adults and children.
Nairi Zarian (real name - Hayastan Yeghiazarian, Armenian : , December 31, 1900, Kharakonis, near Van, Ottoman Empire - 1969, Yerevan ) was a Soviet Armenian poet and writer, the chairman of Armenian SSR Committee for the Defense of Peace.
Abdurrahman Cahit Zarifoglu (b. 1 July 1940, Ankara - d. 7 June 1987, Istanbul), Turkish poet, writer .
Štefan Žáry (December 12, 1918, Poniky – August 25, 2007, Bratislava ) was a Slovak poet, prosaist, translator and essayist; author of erotic lyric poetry, patriotic and anti-war poems, reminiscential prose. In his patriotic poems, he expressed his disappointment of a civilization progress. He translated mainly French literature .
Marya Zaturenska (1902–1982) was an American lyric poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1938.. American lyric poet; 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq
Zauq, Mohammad Ibrahim
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One of the greatest Urdu poets of all times, Mohammad Ibrahim Zauq is regarded as one of the pioneers of Urdu poetry. He was born in 1789 in a poor family and had very ordinary education. Yet his treasure of Urdu poem and ghazals were immense and are considered priceless today.
Abu al-Waleed Ahmad Ibn Zaydún al-Makhzumi (1003-1071) known as Ibn Zaydún (Arabic full name, ) was a famous Arab poet of Cordoba and Seville. His romantic and literary life was dominated by his relations with the poet Wallada bint al-Mustakfi, the daughter of the Umayyad Caliph Muhammad III of Cordoba. According to Jayyusi in her book The Legacy of Muslim Spain, "Ibn Zaydun brought into Andalusi poetry something of balance, the rhetorical command, the passionate power and grandeur of style that marked contemporary poetry in the east...he rescued Andalusi poetry from the self-indulgence of the poets of externalized description."
Zdanowicz-Cyganiak, Katarzyna Ewa
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Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz-Cyganiak (née Zdanowicz ) (born in 1979) is a Polish poet and journalist. Author of poetry volumes Improwizacje i nie tylko (Improvisations and Not Only Those), Poznajmy sie (Let's Get Acquainted), Kolekcjonerka (The She-collector), Szkliwo (Enamel), Jak umieraja male dziewczynki (How Do Little Girls Die) and deadline. In 2004 she wrote a scholarly book about Maria Komornicka Kto sie boi Marii K. Sztuka i wykluczenie (Who Is Afraid of Maria K. Art and Exclusion). Her newest publication is the 30 September 2007 collection of 41 new poems in Polish titled deadline. As opposed to her earlier works, published under the authorship of Katarzyna Ewa Zdanowicz, this one was published under her married name as Katarzyna Zdanowicz-Cyganiak .
Zelda Schneersohn Mishkovsky (June 20, 1914 – April 30, 1984) (Hebrew : - ), widely known as Zelda, was an Israeli poet. She received three awards for her published works.
Robert Zend (1929 - 1985) was a Hungarian-Canadian poet, fiction writer, and multi-media artist.
Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958, Birmingham, England) is a British Jamaican Rastafarian writer and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.. English writer dub poet and Rastafarian
Mykola Zerov (26 April 1890, Zinkiv - 3 November 1937, Sandarmokh, Karelia. ) was a Ukrainian poet, translator, literary scholar and critic. He was perhaps the most talented of the Neoclassicist movement of poets in 1920's Ukraine. Despite the populist and propagandistic impulses of Communism, the neoclassical movement stressed the production of 'high art' to an educated and highly literate audience. Zerov, particularly, eschewed contemporary politics in his poetry, focusing on aesthetic and historical classical themes under a tight and difficult poetical structure. This approach eventually proved fatal, as Zerov, along with many other Ukrainian writers of the period, was later sent to Solovki prison camp and later executed.
Komninos Zervos (born 1950) is a Greek - Australian performance poet and teacher.He was born in Richmond, Melbourne
Yuan Zhen (Chinese : ; pinyin : Yuán Zhen ; Wade–Giles : Yüan Chen ) (779 – September 2, 831 ), courtesy name Weizhi, was a politician of the middle Tang Dynasty, but is more known as an important Chinese writer and poet. In prose literature, Yuan Zhen is particularly for his work Yingying's Biography, which was often adapted for other treatments, including operatic and musical ones. In poetry, he is remembered for the inclusion of some of his poems by popular anthologies, his verses on exotic topics (such as the former Liangzhou), and for being part of the group of "New Yuefu " poets, which often used poetry as a form of expression and protest, but one potentially subtle enough to avoid the likely repercussions of more direct criticism. The poetic circle in which Yuan Zhen was involved included Bai Juyi, among others. Politically Yuan Zhen was briefly chancellor, during the reign of Emperor Muzong .
Cao Zhi (192–232) was a poet who lived during the late Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. His poetry style, greatly revered during the Jin Dynasty and Southern and Northern Dynasties, came to be known as the Jian'an style.. Chinese poet; third son of Cao Cao
Xu Zhimo (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xú Zhìmó; Wade–Giles: Hsü Chih-mo, January 15, 1897—November 19, 1931) was an early 20th century Chinese poet. He was given the name of Zhangxu and the courtesy name of Yousen. He later changed his courtesy name to Zhimo .. Chinese poet
He Zhizhang (traditional Chinese : ; simplified Chinese : ; pinyin : Hè Zhizhang ; Wade–Giles : He Chihchang, ca. 659–744), courtesy name Jizhen, was a Chinese poet born in present-day Xiaoshan, Zhejiang during the Tang Dynasty, and is one of the Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup. His well-known works include On Returning Home .
Yuan Zhongdao (Yüan Chung-tao), (1570–1624), Chinese poet, essayist, travel diarist and official was born in Kung-an in Hukuang. He shares his fame with two other brothers, Yuan Zongdao (1560–1600) and Yuan Hongdao (1568–1610). The three brothers dominated the literature of the period. From a family of financial means, they printed and distributed their own works. The youngest of the brothers, Yüan Zhongdao, took years in his pursuit of a civil-service examination degree. The brothers were all openly ambivalent about social position. Yuan Zhongdao spent quantities of money on boats for his extended excursions. His brothers and their families were haunted by disease. Yuan Zhongdao’s own life was a story of breakdown at the cumulative stress of family deaths and repeated failure at the civil service examination. Yuan Zhongdao’s principal health problem was perhaps tuberculosis. Yuan Zhongdao would record extremes of mood within even a daily period suggesting perhaps bipolar disorder. Yuan Zhongdao was denied the complete rest he needed for such a condition due to pressing family needs. Yuan’s diary, Yu chü-fei lu (Travels on Board a Boat) is his literary monument. Yuan’s precarious physical and psychological condition provided the background for his preoccupation with longevity and stress avoidance. He avoided a Buddhistic vegetarian diet, perceiving a need for protein in his diet. Excessive drinking and too many wives were other perceived impediments. His travel diary is full of such detail. Yuan records an early reading of the celebrated novel Jin Ping Mei (Golden Lotus ). He was likewise associated with the radical philosopher Li Zhi (1527–1602) and his espousals of popular literature. Likewise Yuan Zhongdao had the acquaintance of the Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci (1552–1610). In 1616 he passed the Imperial examination and obtained a succession of official posts.
Wei Zhuang (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Wéi Zhuang ; Wade–Giles : Wei Chuang, 836 –910 ), style name Duanyi, was a Chinese poet and late Tang Dynasty and early Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period historical figure best known for his poetry in shi and ci styles.
Hai Zi (Chinese:, March 1964 - 26 March 1989) is the pen name of the Chinese poet Zha Haisheng (Chinese:). He was one of the most famous poets in Mainland China after the Cultural Revolution. He committed suicide by lying on the path of a train in Shanhaiguan at the age of 25.. Chinese poet
Chen Ziang (simplified Chinese : ; traditional Chinese : ; pinyin : Chén Ziáng ; Wade–Giles : Chen Tzu-ang, often spelled Chen Zi'ang, 661 (or 656 )–702) was a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. He was important in helping to bring into being the type of poetry which is considered to be characteristically "Tang". Dissatisfied with the current state of the affairs of poetry at the time, almost paradoxically, by keeping his eye on the remote antiquity he helped usher in a new age of Chinese poetry (see quote below). He would soon be followed by such poets of the golden age of Tang poetry as Wang Wei, Li Bai, and Du Fu .
Kanwal Ziai (born Hardayal Singh Datta ) on March 15, 1927 - died October 27, 2011, was an Urdu and Hindi language poet and author from India.
Charles Calvin Ziegler (1854–1930) was a German-American poet from Rebersburg, Pennsylvania. His native language was Pennsylvania Dutch, and though he learned English in school he wrote his poetry in "Dutch". He is said to have been the most accomplished poet to write in that language, and may have written the only Pennsylvania Dutch sonnet on record.. German-American poet; wrote in Pennsylvania Dutch
Dale Zieroth (born November 7, 1946 in Neepawa, Manitoba ) is a Canadian poet. He won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999 for How I Joined Humanity at Last, and the Governor General's Award for English language poetry in 2009 for The Fly in Autumn .
Xu Zihua (Chinese:; 1873-1935) was a Chinese poet .
Rachel Zolf (born 1968) is a Canadian poet and literary editor. She is the author of four poetry collections. Human Resources (2007) won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Masque (2004) was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the title long poem from Her absence, this wanderer (1999) was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition. She was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine and has edited several books of poetry.
Carolyn Zonailo (born January 21, 1947) is a Canadian poet and publisher .
Liu Zongyuan (Chinese : ; pinyin : Liu Zongyuán ; Wade-Giles : Liu Tsung-yuan ) (773–November 28, 819), courtesy name Zihou (; Wade-Giles : Tzu-hou ), was a Chinese writer who lived part of his life in Chang'an, during the Tang Dynasty. Liu was born in present-day Yongji, Shanxi, along with Han Yu, he was a founder of the Classical Prose Movement. He has been traditionally classed as one of the Eight Great Prose Masters of the Tang and Song. He is also a famous poet.
Baha' al-din Zuhair (BEHĀ UD-DĪN ZUHAIR or Abū-l Faḍl Zuhair Ibn Maḥommed Al-Muhallabī) (1186-1258), Arabian poet, was born at or near Mecca, and became celebrated as the best writer of prose and verse and the best calligraphist of his time.
Ka‘b ibn Zuhayr (Arabic : ) was an Arabian poet of the 7th century, and a contemporary of Muammad .
. American poet; one of the primary Objectivist poets
Temur Zulfiqorov (Russian / Tajik : / ) (born 17 August 1936) is a Russian / Tajik poet, playwright, and novelist. He was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan .
Eliakum Zunser (Eliakim Badchen, Elikum Tsunzer ) (October 28, 1836 – September 22, 1913), was a Lithuanian Jewish Yiddish -language poet, songwriter, and badchen who lived out the last part of his life in U.S.. A 1905 article in the New York Times lauded him as "the father of Yiddish poetry". About a quarter of his roughly 600 songs survive. He influenced and was influenced by Brody singer Velvel Zbarzher, although it is not believed that they ever met.
Fay Zwicky (born 4 July 1933 in Melbourne ) is a contemporary Australian poet, short-story writer, critic and academic primarily known for her autobiographical poem Kaddish which deals with her identity as a Jewish writer.
Jan Zwicky (born 10 May 1955) is a Canadian philosopher, poet, essayist, and musician.
Zytomirski, Eugeniusz
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Eugeniusz Zytomirski (1911–1975) was a Polish poet, playwright and novelist, born in Taganrog, Russia and died in Toronto, Canada. He was a member of the literary group Kadra.