Greatest English Language Poets


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61 Maya Angelou Maya Angelou

Overrated to the nth degree--no poet at all

She is the best

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63 Sarojini Naidu

After independence she became the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. She was the first woman governor in India.

64 John Massey Gawain Poet

I don't think John Massey wrote the Gawain Poem? Nobody knows. But it's an amazing poem all the same

65 Thomas Wyatt
66 Derek Walcott

Walcott is listed as the greatest living poet

67 Howard Nemerov

An American classicist... very unusual, and unusually talented. He has a lovely grasp of rhythm too.

68 U. A. Fanthorpe

Underrated but really has a great way of looking at things and a surprising and novel way of expressing it and her reputation will hopefully rise

69 Robert Lowell

Surely, one of great American poets of the twentieth century.

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70 Caedmon

Gotta be given some kudos for being the first... Guess he never realized what things would lead to

71 A. E. Housman

Represents the quintessence of England.

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72 Sir Philip Sidney

An inspiration and not just in terms of his verse... Who knows what he might have done had he not died so young.

"How violently rumours do blow the sails of popular judgments, and
How few there be that can discern between truth and truth-likeness,
Between shows and substance. "

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73 Hart Crane V 1 Comment
74 Billy Collins

My favorite comic poet. His dry delivery when he recites his poems is something else

75 James Elroy Flecker
76 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Overrated; did not deserve the Nobel Prize

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77 Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Chaucer is superb; love the Canterbury Tales

78 Sir Walter Scott

I liked his work-- fun reading about The Round Table exploits

79 Mary Sydney
80 George Herbert


Having been tenant long to a rich Lord,
Not thriving, I resolved to be bold,
And make a suit unto Him, to afford
A new small-rented lease, and cancel th' old.
In heaven at His manor I Him sought:
They told me there, that He was lately gone
About some land, which He had dearly bought
Long since on Earth, to take possession.
I straight returned, and knowing His great birth,
Sought Him accordingly in great resorts--
In cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts:
At length I heard a ragged noise and mirth
Of thieves and murderers; there I Him espied,
Who straight, "Your suit is granted, " said, and died.

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