Famous Poets - List of Famous Poets

What do William Wordsworth, Charles Wright and W. B. Yeats have in common? The answer is that they were all world famous poets whose poems are still studied as a part of literature. Poets have often been described as people who step outside the bounds of the obvious and produce aesthetic and, in some cases, even rhythmic works that are meant to take the reader on a fanciful journey through the poet’s words. Poems have been a part of literature forever and it is believed that the earliest poems evolved from folk songs. A poem usually has certain characters that define it, some of which are things like the rhyme scheme, symbolism, rhetoric, rhythm and even irony. This form of literature has also been used to tell stories, the best example of which the two poems Iliad and The Odyssey, written by Homer, are the best examples. Having familiarized ourselves with poems, it’s only natural that we move onto better acquainting ourselves with the people who wrote them. To that end, what follows now is a collection of the biographies of some of the most famous poets. They include their timelines, information about their professional and personal lives along with interesting facts and trivia about them.

The Most Famous Poets

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Charles BukowskiAugust 16, 1920German, AmericanCharles Bukowski was a German-born American novelist, short story writer and poet
Abdolkarim SoroushDecember 16, 1945IranianAbdolkarim Soroush is a reformer, thinker, and Rumi scholar belonging to Iran
Aleister CrowleyOctober 12, 1875BritishAleister Crowley was an occultist and ceremonial magician who founded the ethical philosophy of Thelema
Sarojini NaiduFebruary 13, 1879IndianSarojini Naidu was an Indian freedom fighter and poet
Ahlam MosteghanemiApril 13, 1953AlgerianAhlam Mosteghanemi is a contemporary Algerian poet and novelist
Homer800 BCGreekHomer was a legendary ancient Greek poet who composed the great epics, the Iliad, and, the Odyssey
Pablo NerudaJuly 12, 1904ChileanPablo Neruda was a Chilean poet, politician and Nobel laureate
HoraceAncient RomanHorace was an ancient Roman poet who was one of the leading poets of Augustan Age
Maya AngelouApril 4, 1928AmericanMaya Angelou was a famous writer, activist, singer, and actor, known best for her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’
Langston HughesFebruary 1, 1902AmericanLangston Hughes was an African-American poet who made significant contributions to the Harlem Renaissance

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was a German-born American novelist, short story writer and poet

GermanAugust 16, 19201,725 views

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright and theatre personality

GermanFebruary 10, 1898182 views

Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, poet, social activist, and author of the best-selling novel ‘The Poisonwood Bible’

AmericanApril 8, 1955112 views

Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn was of the most prolific English writers, authors and poets of English Restoration era

BritishJuly 10, 1640114 views

Mikhail Lomonosov

Mikhail Lomonosov was a Russian scientist, poet, geologist and astronomer

RussianNovember 19, 1711185 views

Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud was one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century

FrenchSeptember 4, 1896129 views

Stéphane Mallarmé

Stéphane Mallarmé, was an eminent French poet and critic

FrenchMarch 18, 184295 views

Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Transtromer was a ‘Noble Prize’ winning Swedish poet and psychologist

SwedishApril 15, 1931110 views

Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth is an Indian novelist, poet, and travel writer, best known for his epic novel ‘A Suitably Boy’

IndianJune 20, 1952101 views

Bret Harte

Bret Harte was an American writer, poet and journalist

AmericanAugust 25, 1836120 views