Greatest English Language Poets

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41 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 ...read more.

I think he deserves to be right at the top

42 Christopher Marlowe

He got me interested in poetry after reading his verse plays and has always stayed with me

43 Ted Hughes

The best writer about animals in the English language.

A much better poet than his ex-wife though she seems to get all the attention because of her mental problems.

44 William Dunbar

Probably the greatest Scottish poet, though little read, maybe because his language is too antique and dialectal

45 Andrew Marvell

In an era that makes a better claim than most upon the familiar term transitional, Andrew Marvell is surely the single most compelling embodiment of the change

46 Matthew Arnold

Dover Beach is a poetic masterpiece. Maybe one poem doesn't make the poet, but nevertheless "Dover Beach" is far above the other Victorian works.

47 Edward Thomas

Thomas's poems are noted for their attention to the English countryside and a certain colloquial style. A short poem of Thomas's serves as an example of how he blends war and countryside throughout his poetry.

Andrew Motion puts him in the top ten.
His genius was blown to pieces

48 John Clare

He wrote a huge amount but the few last great poems of solitude are something no other poet has ever reached.

49 Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.

He wasn't just a novelist - he also wrote some of the most tragic poems in English - and they are great achievements in their own right

50 Seamus Heaney

Displays great appreciation for traditional skill and craftsmanship

Fantastic Irish poet who sadly passed away a few years ago. His legacy will live on through his beautiful minipulation and classic construction of the English language.

51 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist . Cohen died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 .

His songs are great and he deserved that Nobel Prize more than Dylan, who acts like primadonna about it

Simply amazing lyrics and poetry. he's not the best of all time but deserves to be a little higher.

52 Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski Henry Charles Bukowski, born Heinrich Karl Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Unpretentious but still thought provoking, he speaks the truth. Plus Isaac Brock wrote a really cool song about him...

"If you want to know who your friends are, get yourself a jail sentence. "

53 Shel Silverstein Shel Silverstein Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works.
54 Isaac Rosenberg

Brought the vernacular into poetry - much more readable than Owen, and has a deeper, more lasting effect

A voice for Israel in poetry

Dies before his time

Way ahead of his time too

55 Ben Jonson
56 Stevie Smith

Not waving but drowning - unforgettable

57 John Betjeman

Comic poets are far too far down this list. Poetry isn't just about feeling sombre. JB is among the very best of chucklers.

58 Oliver Goldsmith
59 William Carlos Williams

I can never forget his poem about stealing food from the fridge

60 Elizabeth Bishop

Her poetry poses interesting questions which is notably intriguing and she uses a conversational tone in many of her poems with contributes to her uniqueness as a poet. She offers a wide range of themes-all with similar stylistic features, hich proves in itself the talent she possessed.

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