Greatest Poets of All Time


The Top Ten

1 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.

Definitely number 1


I have read better works

2 Saadi Saadi

Saadi is the Great Iranian Poet. His lyrics are the best.

All of persian grammer is made but his hands.

I proud of him. I'm iranian

Saadi is the best. Viva Iran♥

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3 Dante Dante Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante (c. 1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

He had the ambition to show humanity how to obtain salvation. And he fulfilled it greatly.

The greatest

4 John Milton John Milton John Milton (9 December 1608 – 8 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost (1667), written in more.

Men that see are blind. Blind men do see.

5 Ferdowsi Ferdowsi

What a poet for ever

6 Homer Homer The Greek poet Homer was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC, possibly somewhere on the coast of Asia Minor. He is famous for the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have had an enormous effect on Western culture, but very little is known about their alleged author.

This list is unbelievable... Not a single French Poet... And Virgile, Byron and Dickinson behind Tupac... COME ON!

7 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American more.

I literally laugh out loud'd when I saw Tupac on this list - let alone being at number 1! Edgar Allan Poe's style may be too much for some people to comprehend but if you can understand it, the reward is amazing. He must have put a ton of effort into getting you to sympathize with his characters. He never asked you to feel any sympathy. You just did.

He is so underrated. His poems are dark and mysterious and so interesting - Randomator

Tupac above Poe? What has happened to this world?

I love his poems! �"� I'm obsessed with dark poetry. - Catlover2004

8 Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire Charles Pierre Baudelaire (April 9, 1821 – August 31, 1867) was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. more.

Les Fleurs du Mal

And Rimbaud?

9 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.

What a hopeless list - Ananya

This list is totally ruined, nothing makes sense - Ananya

Ya sure the others on this list may be good, but Tupac did twice the work they did. He wrote eloquent poems, that rhymed better than any actual poets poems, and he made it sound good. He also talked about stuff that reflected on world issues

Tupac is better than shakespeare because he is a good raper

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10 Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973), he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

The Contenders

11 Rumi Rumi

By far rumi is purest and the greatest poet of all time

Rumi is a great Muslim poet

12 Alexander Pushkin Alexander Pushkin Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

How is 2Pac surpassed Pushkin? Pushkin should be top 5. Shows that some teenager, who doesn't know anything about literature and poetry, made this list

Best poet of all time. He should be in top 1 - pruvet

13 Arthur Rimbaud Arthur Rimbaud Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (20 October 1854 – 10 November 1891) was a French poet who is known for his influence on modern literature and arts, which prefigured surrealism.

I will always choose Rimbaud when asked to name the greatest poet of all time.

14 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and more.
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16 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also written Ravīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Very nice poet

17 Hafez

Hafez is eternal but only if you know Persian

18 Giacomo Leopardi Giacomo Leopardi Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (29 June 1798 – 14 June 1837) was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the most radical and challenging thinkers of the 19th century.

Amazing! The greatest poet from the greatest country.

My love. Giacomo è il migliore.

19 Francesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch (July 20, 1304 – July 20, 1374) was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited with initiating the 14th-century Renaissance.
20 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.
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