Best British Poets

Another subjective list of those poets I return to most often. Shakespeare is not on here (yeah, I said it). I don't like his poetry though I understand it is good...

The Top Ten

1 Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Oh, Beauty, passing Beauty! Sweetest sweet!
How canst thou let me waste my youth in sighs;
I only ask to sit beside thy feet...

~ Beauty ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson - Britgirl

2 William Wordsworth William Wordsworth William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
3 T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM, (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and one of the 20th century's major poets.
4 John Keats John Keats John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death.

Asleep! O Sleep A Little While, White Pearl ~ John Keats.

"Asleep! O sleep a little while, white pearl,
And let me kneel, and let me pray to thee,
And let me call heaven's blessing on thine eyes,
And let me breathe into the happy air,
That doth enfold and touch thee all about,
Vows of my slavery, my giving up,
My sudden adoration, my great love! "

Just one of many many beautiful reasons Mr. John Keats is on this list.
Absolutely wonderful. - Britgirl

5 Dylan Thomas
6 Philip Larkin
7 Christina Rossetti Christina Rossetti Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for writing Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.
8 Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language.

This man had amazing talent. I see him as one of the most admirable people here. - PositronWildhawk

9 Wilfred Owen

He died in the war he wrote so eloquently about.

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10 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Contenders

11 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.


12 John Donne
13 Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf Adeline Virginia Woolf, born Stephen (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century.
14 Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel more.
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