Greatest Poets of All Time
Well, DUH! Of course William Shakespeare would make this list, but he will always be destined to be number one on every list. I don't really know why he's so famous in his poetry, but it's most likely the world's greatest love story of all time, "Romeo and Juliet." I heard about him when I was 5! This has to be the worlds greatest poet, and no one who sees that, pretty much needs to understand how much work he put into all his poetry. He wrote Hamlet of his son. This is how amazing Shakespeare is. He is, was, and always will be the worlds greatest writer, in English or more. I love you, William!
I love how he,ade so many inspiring poems and how it was a calming to think thing for him to do. I made a probe about him and it was fun to research all about the famous poet William Shakespheere
He is the most successful poet I have ever loved and read about. He is of course the best.
Definitely number 1
I literally laugh out loud'd when I saw Tupac on this list - let alone being at number 1! Edgar Allan Poe's style may be too much for some people to comprehend but if you can understand it, the reward is amazing. He must have put a ton of effort into getting you to sympathize with his characters. He never asked you to feel any sympathy. You just did.
Very sadly underrated. An outstanding poet of great fascination and great poetry.
He is so underrated. His poems are dark and mysterious and so interesting
Tupac above Poe? What has happened to this world?
He is probably the greatest poet and philosopher and at the same time phycologist and sociologist of all time. His opinions about human and humanist is certainly way a head of his time. It is hard to believe someone nearly 700 years ago believed all human around the earth are equal. The way he described love and passion in his poets is just unique.
Persian poetry rules impose horrendously difficult constraints on the Persian poet, yet Sa'di and other Persian poets manage to overcome them, but he, Hafez, Mowlavi (AKA Rumi in the west), and a few others so masterfully overcome them all in the most magnificent way, that Shakespeare himself would have bowed to their talent and thoughts, just as Goethe did with respect to Hafez! By the way, I'm amazed that Hafez is not on the top ten of this list! It is such a pity that so much is lost in translation of such poets and thinkers' writings into other languages, for that would be when one could realize the extent of their mastery over their language as well as what amazing thinkers they were, given how long before the western poets on this list they lived. It is then and only then that one could make a fair comparison of the poets of different mother tongues and different eras!
Saadi is a teacher. His poems is all about advising people in the most delicate form of Persian literature.
Saadi is the Great Iranian Poet. His lyrics are the best.
Maya Angelou has reached inside of me from a very young age. Her poems aren't a random mass of words, instead, they are art with a purpose. I hope everyone has a chance to read one of her poems.
You can sense her strength and passion in her poems. Definitely a source of inspiration and motivation!
She writes from her heart.
Dante should be considered the best poet in the whole world. He is definitely the greatest poet of all Italy. T. S Eliot called him second only to Shakespeare. Although he is not recognized today as a huge poet, his writings are still heavily studied and used by scholars. His poems have flourished for eight hundred years! Longer than Shakespeare, Milton, and Chaucer. They all being moderately influenced by Dante, the influencer of the greatest poets, the Florentine who was exiled in one of the most brutal times in Florentine history, and the poet who exposed the wrongs of humanity, the beauty of Paradise, wrote in new ways and challenged the meaning of love and what people will do to find it.
To suggest that dante singularly stands over and above every other poet in history would be an understatement.
Read Dante,he is the master of us all.
He had the ambition to show humanity how to obtain salvation. And he fulfilled it greatly.
Nothing compares to the Divine Comedy!
Ferdowsi was as great or even greater than Homer. The sad fact is that even if you translate his Shahnameh you might get the stories and epics right, but the beauty and music of the words and poetry will be lost. and this true of all Persian poets like Saadi and Hafiz.
Ferdowsi is a poet with an epic story called Shahnama which is superior to Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. It's such a pity that such great poets are unknown just because they are not European.
He saved the Persian language. Otherwise, the Iranians would speak Arabic like Egyptians who became Arabic.
What a poet for ever
Arguably the best poet that came out of the Romantic Era. Tintern Abbey is fantastic. If you haven't read it, please stop what you're doing and enjoy a masterpiece.
A true poetry composer, deserves to be in best of 3 on here...
Emily Dickinson's is AMAZING. Not only was she completely unknown during her time and was published posthumously, but her poetry resonates deeper than anything I've ever read. While some poems (these are in Life) talk about the angels and heaven, others are emotional insecurity and fear of society and the outside world. READ EMILY DICKINSON!
I really admire Emily Dickinson. She is one of the greatest poet. I love her poems. She is a true genius.
She is without a doubt, the most insightful poet Ever!
Perhaps the single greatest. only Shakespeare is a near contender.
He is "LOVE" and that's the only truth in this life! There has never ever been any poet like him in any time! He is by far the best! He is the "REAL DEAL"!
Rumi one of the best poets of all time brings the definition of LOVE as the best remedy for human to reach the highest level of security, happiness and cure.
He is a great Persian poets and one of the greatest in the world. His poems are all moving your heart and your mind
Without a shadow of a doubt he is far greater than Shakespeare and other poets.
In my mind, he is the greatest poet of all time, not only because of the rhythm of every line, and the hexameter that he so skillfully uses, but the fact of when it was written in history. He made his masterpiece in the Greek Dark Ages, an age where no one, not even the poets knew how to write or read. This implies not only that Homer had to memorize the whole thing, but that he had to compose it in his head. Another thing is that he had to compose in Greek, which is a much more complex language than, let's say, English. He wasn't only a poet but a genius. Oh... and did I mention he was blind?
Men that see are blind. Blind men do see.
On His Blindness is a masterpiece.
I really admire John Keats. He is a true genius.
For me he is number1
Greatest of all time
Rabindranath , the poet of the poets, can't be described what he actually is! If you don't go through his scintillating works ,you will never be able to understand and realize him. His most famous works have been translated but translation can never be well-understood because the essence dies.
Poet, Lyricist, Music Composer, Novelist, Dramatist, Painter et all.
Is there anyone else who has straddled the art world so completely?
The greatest! Europeans were never able to understand his philosophy. They can't... Because when they translate his work in English it dies
Superb poet. Being a Bengali I'm proud of myself that I read those stuffs he wrote in Bengali and English also
One of the Greatest Minds of it's time, way ahead of his Era, his beautiful work has been translated in almost ll languages. HAFEZ, the famous lyric poet of Persia in the fourteenth century, is sometimes called the Persian Anacreon.
His love poems in persian language are exceptional... No one could bring love into literature like him
He has most complete poems in history, he teaches you best thinking style
The poet speaks to you
He was a great man.
he was a reference to satan in john milton's paradise lost
One of the greatest German Poets of all time - if not THE Greatest.
Best lyricist ever. And music is poetry. Waters needs to be up there
Best poet of all time. He should be in top 1
What the hell? How is he so low?