Greatest English Language Poets


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81 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.

82 William Langland
83 George Crabbe
84 John Gower
85 Carol Ann Duffy
86 Siegfried Sassoon
87 William Barnes
88 Laurence Binyon
89 Rupert Brooke
90 William Collins
91 Cecil Day-Lewis
92 Louis MacNiece
93 John Masefield
94 William McGonagall

The funniest poet I've ever read Could even claim to be the greatest Scot - he's far better than Burns, for example

95 Adrian Henri

The best of the Mersey Beat poets - the only one with a real sense for poetry - Tonight at Noon for example

96 Thom Gunn
97 Ogden Nash

A master of light, whimsical, and sometimes nonsensical verse

Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

98 Charles Simic

Consistently rated the top poet on American poetry sites... How come he's so low here?

99 Peter Porter
100 Langston Hughes Langston Hughes James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. more.

An American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry.

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