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

62 Khalil Gibran

The greatest in English and classic Arabic Lebanese

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 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Any one reads Psalm Of Life"Life of great men all remind us we can make ourlife sublme and departing leave behind us footprints on the and of time

70 Robert Lowell

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

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71 Caedmon

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

72 A. E. Housman

Represents the quintessence of England.

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73 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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74 Hart Crane

Good stories -- some good poetry

75 Billy Collins

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

76 James Elroy Flecker
77 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

"Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child’s balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying"

78 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

79 Sir Walter Scott

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

80 Mary Sydney
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