Like most of my literary lists, this one is subjective (and changes often); however, I think these poets would land on most people's top 25. Maybe not. These are the ones whom I read over and over. Note: T.S. Eliot, though born in America, became a British subject and won the Nobel Prize for Britain, so he's not included here...
The Top Ten
1Emily DickinsonEmily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet . Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts . ...read more.
She was bipolar as am I. I can feel her moods in her writings and in my opinion she was beyond question the greatest American poet because her unbelievably creative and imaginative moods generated by bipolar disorder actually wrote her poems which no intellect without those moods could have ever written.
A very beautiful and popular artist with great taste and a sensational sense of humor.A grate female leader!
2Walt WhitmanWalter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called ...read more.
Leaves of grass what else need I say
3Robert FrostRobert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the 20th century, he was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Now what to say... Hmm... yeah! "The Road not Taken" will explain everything about his way of writing poems. Robert Frost is great! - Kiteretsunu
How is Robert frost not #1?
5Edna St. Vincent Millay
She wrote some of the best sonnets of the 20th century. - Blue_Devereaux
"Bluebeard" is her best
7Langston HughesJames Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. ...read more.
8Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. ...read more.
Sandburg was “America’s Poet,” and was seemingly everywhere when he was alive. Universally loved, in-fact. He successfully balanced socialism and patriotism, proving one can do, and be both. His scrubbing from the poetical-canon is literary-murder!
10Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
11Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American ...read more.
He should definitely be higher in this list! At least in the top five!
14Charles BukowskiHenry Charles Bukowski, born Heinrich Karl Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.
15Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
16Bob DylanBob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.